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Authority Repairs Jetty

ANA SOVARAKI suvA The Fiji Roads Authority is hoping to complete the reconstruction of the Yasawa-i-rara Jetty by October. The jetty was constructed in 2010 but was destroyed by a
30 Jul 2014 10:23

ANA SOVARAKI
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The Fiji Roads Authority is hoping to complete the reconstruction of the Yasawa-i-rara Jetty by October.
The jetty was constructed in 2010 but was destroyed by a tropical cyclone Evan in 2011.
Authority’s chief executive officer, Neil Cook confirmed the time of completion.
“We had a project to go in and remediate the jetty. It wasn’t going to be a full reconstruction because of the funds we had available in the current year,” Mr Cook said.The project costs $2.5 million.
“The original design that we intended to go back in there with was likely inappropriate, we are working with our contractors at the moment on an alternative design,” Mr Cook said.
He said the people of Yasawa-i-rara were resilient to manage for themselves as far as transporting their supplies to the island.
“There’s a part of the bridge is still intact and the people are making use of what is currently available to them but we are designing something that will be ideally convenient to them,” Mr Cook said.

New Policy
The Authority has approved the No-Gift Policy which is now updated in its operations manual (Green Book).
“This is a recent adoption by the FRA board; this is to make it clear for everyone that deals with us,” Mr Cook said.
He said board members, FRA employees and persons employed by Professional Engineering Services Advisor engaged in any part of the procurement process will not accept gifts, hospitality or other incentive from offer gifts.

Greater Suva Transportation Strategy 2015-2030
The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) aspires to have an integrated and sustainable transport system following the completion of the 2015-20130 Greater Suva Transportation Strategy.
The strategy was a result of a combined input by key stakeholders directly involved in the transportation industry and was submitted to the FRA this month for endorsement.
Mr Cook said this would become blueprint for the greater Suva area over the next 15 years.
He said the six key issues were; traffic congestion, enforcement and regulation, bus infrastructure, and routes, quality of transportation and infrastructure, road safety and driver education and awareness.
“The vision of this strategy is built on how the greater Suva area aspires to have an integrated and sustainable transport system that contributes to an inclusive, prosperous, and environmentally responsible region and replaces the 2001 strategy,” Mr Cook said.

Update on Naqali-Vunidawa tar sealing project
The Naqali-Vunidawa road tar sealing project is progressing well and is due for completion next year.
Mr Cook said there were no concerns on the project and contractors were doing a good job.
“They’re working over the whole site but in different portions, the work is progressing according to plan and we hope to achieve the desired outcome,” Mr Cook said.
He said they hoped the desired outcome would achieve a more resilient journey from Naqali-Vunidawa road down to Suva and Nausori.
The tar sealing project is part of the $80 million Sawani-Serea road reconstruction project funded by People’s Republic of China.

2014 Half yearly report:
n Unsealed roads graded: 7818km
n Potholes filled: over 158,000
n Sealed road pavement repairs: 148,000m2
n Water tables cleaned: 104km
n New culvert pipes installed: 2,215m
n Gravel applied to unsealed roads: 152,000m3
n Line markings: 2,270km
n Of road reconstruction: 11km
n Road sealed: 61 km
ana.sovaraki@fijisun.com.fj




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