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Authority looks at Bailey bridges

By MAIKELI SERU The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is looking at building Bailey bridges on top of the bridges at Stinson Parade and Vatuwaqa, Suva, to ease traffic flow. The
15 Oct 2012 09:13

Motorist now have to use Scott Street via Central to Usher Street to get out of the City because of Stinson Parade Bridge closure. Photo: RONALD KUMAR

By MAIKELI SERU

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is looking at building Bailey bridges on top of the bridges at Stinson Parade and Vatuwaqa, Suva, to ease traffic flow.
The bridges had been closed to traffic and pedestrians from Friday afternoon for safety reasons because of their unsafe structural conditions.
FRA change manager – Fiji, Mike Rudge said the bridges had very little structural strength left after years of neglected servicing.
“We are looking at some temporary solutions. At Stinson Parade we are investigating whether we can put a Bailey bridge on top as the condition of the piers are good enough to support that,” Mr Rudge said.
“Unfortunately the piers on the bridge at Fletcher Road are in a shocking condition and can prove difficult to put a Bailey bridge directly on top of. We are looking at some solutions so that we can get the bridges operating as soon as we can and effectively as we can.
“If we can get the Bailey bridges on top of them and working adjacent to them, it is likely to take three months.
“The minimum amount of time to get a temporary solution to get a Bailey bridge dock is three months. To get the new bridges built will take 12 to 18 months.”
Mr Rudge said they had found about 30 bridges needing immediate repairs or replacements.
Meanwhile, traffic continues to be diverted with two lanes opened through Stinson Parade, through Central Street in front of the Suva Post Office, Scott Street towards the Suva Market, into Usher St, then into Walu Bay and up to Samabula.




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