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FRA Restricts Traffic Movement Over Tamavua-I-Wai Bridge

The Tamavua-I-Wai Bridge, on Queens Road outside Suva comes under restricted movement this afternoon by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA). This restriction to one lane of traffic over Tamavua-I-Wai Bridge
25 May 2016 18:54
FRA Restricts Traffic Movement Over Tamavua-I-Wai Bridge

The Tamavua-I-Wai Bridge, on Queens Road outside Suva comes under restricted movement this afternoon by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA).

This restriction to one lane of traffic over Tamavua-I-Wai Bridge is urgent and necessary while structural engineers work to determine the extent of the damage to the bridge. At present, FRA confirms that one of the bridge beams has suffered significant damage. It is expected that a repair will take a few days. This timeline will be confirmed within the next 24 hours.

The priority for FRA is to ensure safe journeys across the bridge therefore in the interim, members of the public are advised to expect delays to travel time through the area. We urge people to avoid using the route in peak hours if possible, use local shops and facilities in Lami to avoid having to cross the bridge.

Most important of all we ask trucks not to overload. This route has some of the most overloaded trucks in the country and they are destroying the roads and bridges.

FRA is optimistic that the two lanes can open up again in under a week and our engineers will be working around the clock to make this happen. In addition, FRA may also impose weight/ and or speed restrictions.

In the medium term, FRA is not ruling out the possibility of erecting a bailey bridge at the site, however this and a few more options will be decided over the next few days.

 

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