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Taveuni Roads, Jetties Reopen

Roads and jetties in Taveuni have reopned to pedestrians and in some cases only four-wheel-drive vehicles. This was revealed in a statement by Fiji Roads Authority which stated that prompt
04 Mar 2016 09:09
Taveuni Roads,  Jetties Reopen

Roads and jetties in Taveuni have reopned to pedestrians and in some cases only four-wheel-drive vehicles.

This was revealed in a statement by Fiji Roads Authority which stated that prompt response by the authority led to the recovery of roads, bridges and jetties.

FRA maintenance works manager Aram Goes said strong progress was being made.

“It took us less than 10 days to open all the badly-damaged roads and jetties for emergency relief access in the North,” he said.

“While some bridges and crossings remain damaged, alternative access has been achieved from either side or by temporary splash crossings alongside.”

Mr Goes said FRA prioritised access to jetties for delivery of supplies, then roads to hospitals, health centres and evacuation centres.

“Access for electricity and communications restoration is also critical,” Mr Goes said.

“The Navaca Bridge on Taveuni was washed away and we need to re-check it following an assessment by engineers later this week. A bypass alongside this bridge is open to 4WD and light trucks.

“We are continuing to clear roads and drains to reinstate road width suitable for heavy vehicles in the weeks to follow.”

Mr Goes said permanent repair of the damage would take months.

“Our work is now to put back what was lost and to reinstate large washouts and areas of coastal erosion, including rock protection if possible,” he said.

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