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Fixing problems of the past

Problems from the neglect of the past have surfaced again. This time it’s bridges. A total of 30 bridges around the country have been declared unsafe by the new Fiji
13 Oct 2012 11:51

Problems from the neglect of the past have surfaced again. This time it’s bridges.
A total of 30 bridges around the country have been declared unsafe by the new Fiji Roads Authority set up by the Bainimarama Government to check, fix and maintain our roads.
Mike Rudge, from global infrastructure consultants Montgomery Watson Hertz (MWH), speaking on behalf of the Fiji Roads Authority, said they require serious funding to fix the bridge problems.
Mr Rudge summed up that the nation was just waiting for a disaster to happen.
Yesterday commuters in the capital city had to suffer from the negligence of former civil servants.
Stinson Parade Bridge right in the heart of Suva was closed to traffic and pedestrians and likewise Vatuwaqa Bridge at Fletcher Road, Vatuwaqa.
A temporary measure Bailey Bridges will be constructed.
We must all remember that bridges require maintenance, and maintenance and rehabilitation require funding.
It is a fact that past governments spent too little repairing our bridges And a lot of other infrastructure.
The Bainimarama Government is tackling the problems, in a way they have never been tackled by the politicians of the past, and some public servants.
The bridges are one example.
What would have happened if a disaster had happened?
We must thank the Fiji Roads Authority for carrying out this survey after all these years.
This problem now needs to be rectified as soon as possible.
Government is asking members of the public to bear with the authority as it inspects and repairs the bridges.
Permanent Secretary for Information, Sharon Smith-Johns said: “Everyone is doing everything they can but the people that matter the most are the citizens of Fiji and we can’t allow people on these bridges because of their safety.”




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