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Vatuwaqa, Stinson Bridges To Start, Finish Together

Work on replacing the Stinson Parade and Vatuwaqa bridges in Suva is expected to start in January/February and be completed by April/May 2017. This was confirmed by Fiji Roads Authority
22 Dec 2014 10:40
Vatuwaqa, Stinson Bridges To Start, Finish Together

Work on replacing the Stinson Parade and Vatuwaqa bridges in Suva is expected to start in January/February and be completed by April/May 2017.

This was confirmed by Fiji Roads Authority Capital Works manager, Ian Hunter. It followed queries regarding the artist’s impression of the new Vatuwaqa Bridge (pictured) that was posted on the authority’s Facebook page.

The main Stinson Parade bridge and Vatuwaqa bridge have been closed since 2012 and 2013 respectively.

And last year a single lane bridge (Bailey bridge) was erected above the Vatuwaqa Bridge to cater for the busy traffic.

In his 2015 National Budget address, Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed the bridges will be funded through the Chinese government.

 

Vatuwaqa Bridge

Mr Hunter said: “The proposed Vatuwaqa bridge is comprised of a four span pre-tensioned concrete I girder structure with composite reinforced concrete deck and simply supported spans.

“The bridge is supported on bored piles penetrating the soft soil to meet the Suva Marl which is shallow in depth at the site.”

 

Details

The size of the entire bridge is 4 x 20
metres span layout and including abutments is 86m

Mr Hunter said: “The scheme design phase of this bridge was implemented by the
Chinese and the design review was
conducted and has been completed by
Erasito Beca.

“The design review report was reviewed by MWH and has been submitted to the Chinese to continue to the detailed design phase.”

The main construction works commencing in March/April 2015 and being completed in April/May 2017, he added.

 

Stinson Parade Bridge

On the other hand, the proposed bridge comprises of a three span pre-tensioned concrete I girder structure with composite reinforced concrete deck and simply supported spans, he noted.

“The bridge is supported on bored piles penetrating the soft soil to meet the Suva Marl which is estimated to be 20 to 40m deep at the site,” he said.

 

Details

The size of the entire bridge is 3 x 22.5 m span layout and including abutments is 71.2m long with a cross sectional width of 14m.

Bridge cross-section consists of two sidewalks (2800mm wide) and a two lane vehicle access.

Mr Cook confirmed that the timeframe, design details, review was the same with that of Vatuwaqa Bridge.

 

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