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The Streetlights Programme

2015 is going to be a bright year that will shed some light to the tune of $12.7 million dollars for new and improved streetlights. There are approximately 9000 streetlights
07 Mar 2015 08:26
The Streetlights Programme

2015 is going to be a bright year that will shed some light to the tune of $12.7 million dollars for new and improved streetlights.

There are approximately 9000 streetlights across the country and it is no secret that a great percentage of them need replacing.

In all of FRA’s existence, this is the first time that the streetlights programme has been allocated a significant budget to deal with an equally deserving programme in need.

The difference from $1.5 million in 2014 for all of Fiji to $12.7 million in 2015 is a dramatic increase that will see thousands of streetlights replaced and 30 villages along the major rural highways having streetlights for the first time.  This certainly projects a brighter 2015.

Having spent the first 18 months of operation getting to grips with the sheer size of the problem – and trying at the same time to keep the lights going, FRA came to the conclusion that this is a problem.

One that just needs to be dealt with as quickly as we possibly can – rather than taking a piecemeal approach.

So 2015 is the first year of a 3-4 year programme of replacement for all the obsolete, unsafe and unreliable streetlights across the country.

Starting with the urban landscape, there are 13 municipalities across Fiji and for this year, renewal work is planned for streets in the following areas. Nasinu, Nakasi, Lami, Nausori, Namadi, Lautoka, Nabua, Sigatoka, Labasa, Savusavu, Ba and Samabula.

The standards

In addition to improving the current streetlight situation, FRA now has in place standards that apply to new subdivisions and all new installations carried out for streetlights that FRA will have to take over and manage.

FRA is responsible for the provision of road lighting throughout Fiji and the road lighting guide together with the road lighting design standards for current and future upgrades lists the requirements of the Authority and they are available for download from the FRA website www.fijiroads.org

With the commitment to this major replacement programme and substantial new lighting the road ahead is looking much brighter – and much safer.

– Neil Cook is the CEO of the Fiji Roads Authority. This is his regular column which will be published by the Fiji Sun on Saturdays.

 



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