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Lomaloma Road Complete

Work on the Lomaloma  road that sits on the Traninsular Road connecting Savusavu, Labasa and the rest of Vanua Levu is complete, fully restored with guard rails. The project was
12 Oct 2014 09:29
Lomaloma Road Complete
The completed Lomaloma road. Photo: Peni Drauna

Work on the Lomaloma  road that sits on the Traninsular Road connecting Savusavu, Labasa and the rest of Vanua Levu is complete, fully restored with guard rails.

The project was carried out by China Railway First Group after they successfully outbid other contenders in a tender put out by the Fiji Roads Authority last year.

The Traninsular Road, an important link between the two towns, was reduced to a single lane following a landslide in 2009.

Fiji Roads Authority capital works manager Ian Hunter said the engineers have had to prepare a base on solid ground and build back up to the road level with engineered fill retained by fabric that was able to stand much steeper than an ordinary fill.

“From an engineering perspective the repair of the Lomaloma slip was very difficult. There was no option but to rebuild the road where it is because it sits on a very steep ridge line and there was nowhere else that the road could be built,” Mr Hunter said.

“Early last month the Fiji Roads Authority Advisory Committee, led by Interim Chairman and Permanent Secretary Public Service, Parmesh Chand visited key project sites in the north including the Lomaloma slip and Nabouwalu Dreketi Project.”

Mr Hunter said the job by China Railway First Group to restore the road to its full serviceability was good and should give it many years of life.

China Railway First Group spokesman and manager public relations officer Donald Singh said the $5.4 million contract was awarded to China Railway First Group in August 2013 and had its own set of challenges.

“However it is pleasing to note that “high safety standards was maintained at the site throughout the construction period including the road users that observed caution at all times” Mr Singh said.

“We wish to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the construction period as there was inconvenience caused at times for motorists, causing minor delays in their respective work schedules.”

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