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Bridge Down But Not Out

While the eye of Tropical Cyclone Winston missed the farming community of Nailaga on Viti Levu, the storm still did significant damage to the Bulalevu Bridge cutting off access to
06 Mar 2016 12:37
Bridge Down But Not Out
Fulton Hogan

While the eye of Tropical Cyclone Winston missed the farming community of Nailaga on Viti Levu, the storm still did significant damage to the Bulalevu Bridge cutting off access to the four settlements that it serviced.

Navola farmer Isaia Vai said when the cyclone struck, a huge tree fell on top of the bridge and crushed it.

“For all of us this meant that we no longer had access to the trucks that used to come daily to take our children to school and our produce to market.

Our main source of income is farming dalo, cassava and yaqona.  What we carry now have to be done on horseback,” he said .

Affected areas are the settlements of Naboro, Nawawa, Navola and Lomaiviti, homes to 120 people.  The settlements are located nearly 36 kilometres from Korovou towards Rakiraki.

Fulton Hogan Hiways project engineer Wian Cadle said they had been working in the area opening roads, clearing drainage to ensure access to those who had been cut off.

He said they faced a mountain of debris when the team arrived at Nailaga.

“When we cleared the bridge we had to remove the tree before we could begin putting in temporary repairs.

“We did this by using culverts which will act as temporary access to the settlements,” he said.

Fulton Hogan Hiways is working closely with the Fiji Road Authority.

 

 

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