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FRA Looks To Employ Local Bridge Contractor

The Fiji Roads Authority is looking to employ a local bridge contractor. This was confirmed by Fiji Roads Authority programme manager Bridges & Jetties, Nixon Toremana. It comes as the
06 Mar 2015 10:09
FRA Looks To Employ Local Bridge Contractor
Fulton Hogan Hiways Staff working on the Bailey Bridge

The Fiji Roads Authority is looking to employ a local bridge contractor.

This was confirmed by Fiji Roads Authority programme manager Bridges & Jetties, Nixon Toremana.

It comes as the authority launched its set of bailey bridges at Fulton Hogan Hiways Rewa Depot in Nausori yesterday supplied by Mabey Bridge Limited.

“Long term wise FRA is looking at procuring a contractor and this is to basically store these building components and maintaining them, managing them and also launching them when there’s a disaster.

“At the moment we are not comfortable with the stock that we have and this is one of our objectives to have enough stock for both of islands,” Mr Toremana said.

“FRA’s objective is to have enough bailey bridges within Fiji so that we can respond to disasters more effectively and quickly.”

Budget

The bridges were budgeted at $1.9 million and will ease FRA’s roading network programme.

Materials for the bridge are enough to make two 30-metre, three 180-metre bailey bridges and smaller ones.

Mabey Bridge is an internationally recognised supplier of high quality steel bridges, wind turbine towers and heavy plated structural steelwork based in the United Kingdom.

As of last week, Fulton Hogan staff members were receiving training from Mabey Bridge site advisor Alan Pearson.

MWH NZ Ltd senior project manager, Alistair McGaughran said the training included assembling a 30-metre bridge.

“One of these bridges could be set up theoretically in five working days.”

The team set it up on what is called a home bank on the ground while the bridge is pushed out over the gap as part of the launching.

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