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The Denarau Bridge Works Starting Soon

Fiji Roads Authority has approved the successful contractor to undertake design, construction and associated civil works on Denarau Bridge. It has gone the Pacific Building Solutions’ sister company, Pacific Marinae
07 Nov 2014 12:12
The Denarau Bridge Works Starting Soon

Fiji Roads Authority has approved the successful contractor to undertake design, construction and associated civil works on Denarau Bridge. It has gone the Pacific Building Solutions’ sister company, Pacific Marinae and Civil Solutions Ltd.

This follows an agreement by Government with Fiji Roads Authority and the Denarau Corporation Limited on September 1 to transfer ownership of the existing bridge to FRA. FRA, after much consideration of the previous works by Denarau Corporation, advertised tender interest for the project and with an independent review awarded to Pacific Marine.

The announcement was made by Fiji Roads chief executive, Neil Cook, during a press conference whilst updating the media of its September, October board meeting.

Mr Cook said the project costing about $7.448 million is getting underway.

“So we expect works to start there in the next month or so with construction taking around about a year,” he said.

Initially, Denarau Corporation Limited had wanted a loan from Government to build a new bridge to allow access to Denarau Island.

It was then proposed that in order to pay back the loan, Denarau Corporation would impose a toll on the bridge meaning people wanting to access the island through the bridge would then need to pay a fee.

Mr Cook said: “The Denarau Corporation had done a public tender, they had selected the preferred tenderer, design work had started. There was a lot of work that had already been done.

“FRA  has its own procurement rules and we needed to make sure that the process Denarau Corporation had gone through was robust.

“Also that had we gone through it ourselves, it would have been a contract that could be awarded was a defensible procurement process for the use of public funds.”

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