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Bailey Bridge Works On Denarau Begins

Works have begun for the new Bailey bridge to link Denarau Island. The bridge, will serve as a temporary traffic diversion before the actual Denarau Bridge is constructed and ready
09 Feb 2015 09:15
Bailey Bridge Works On Denarau Begins
An artist impression of the new Denarau Bridge supplied by contractor, Pacific Marine & Civil Solutions.

Works have begun for the new Bailey bridge to link Denarau Island.

The bridge, will serve as a temporary traffic diversion before the actual Denarau Bridge is constructed and ready for public use.

Denarau Corporation Limited Corporate Communications Executive Leanne Edwards confirmed they had started from the Denarau side.

She said a meeting was held the past week in Nadi with the Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau and Fiji Roads Authority.

“They need to get out a courtesy of consent because it falls under the Qoliqoli Bill.”

The project was taken over by Fiji Roads Authority and is being given to contractor Pacific Marine and Civil Solutions, a subsidiary of Pacific Building Solution.

“The bailey bridge is expected to arrive at the end of the month. It is already en route to Fiji from Australia.”

It is understood an environmental impact assessment will be conducted before the construction of the main bridge starts.

FRA was given the green light for the project which cost $7.5 million.

Fiji Roads Authority had approved the said contractor to undertake design, construction and associated civil works on Denarau Bridge.

It followed 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.

Background

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

It proposed that in order to pay back the loan, Denarau Corporation would impose a toll on the bridge.

This meant that traffic wanting to access the island through the bridge would then need to pay a fee.

But Government had thought otherwise saying it would be hefty cost especially for workers on the tourist island hence its decision to take over.

The construction of the main bridge is estimated to take about a year.

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