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Lights For New Crossing

The Waivaka pedestrian crossing will get lights, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. At the talanoa session yesterday after the crossing’s opening, he agreed to a request made by the village
29 Oct 2015 12:20
Lights For New Crossing
The new Waivaka Pedestrian bridge in Namosi.

The Waivaka pedestrian crossing will get lights, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

At the talanoa session yesterday after the crossing’s opening, he agreed to a request made by the village headman  Tobia Miliano for Government to install lights to help villagers cross at night.

“You will have lights to help your crossing at night but I ask you to look after the crossing,” he said.

He told the Fiji Sun that he opened a similar crossing in Bua and three rugby teams crossed it at the same time and it was damaged.

“I don’t want that to happen here at Waivaka.”

The opening of the crossing, he said, had Waivaka linked to the outside world.

“This is a bridge to the outside world that was severed when the old structure was damaged by flooding in 2004. When it was swept away, the people of Waivaka were forced to cross the river as best as they could, picking their way through the water and across the rocks.”

The bridge was constructed at a total cost of more than $320,000.

He said $275,000 of the total amount came from the Fiji Roads Authority and another $46,000 Fijian dollars was provided by the Australian Government through its Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“And on behalf of the Fijian Government and the people of Waivaka, I want to thank Australia for its generosity.”

Mr Bainimarama said the students from the Fiji National University (FNU) and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia designed the bridge under the supervision of a local structural engineering firm, Engineering and Designs. He singled out Ganesh Sen, a Fijian living in Melbourne, as the driving force behind this project.

Mr Bainimarama said they would work with him in a similar project on the Korotari bridge in Vanua Levu. Maika Bolatiki

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 

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