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Repairs Hopefully Completed By Wednesday, Says FRA

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) expects to complete repairs to the Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge by Wednesday. A crack in the steel beam under the bridge was discovered on Wednesday last week. The
28 May 2016 10:36
Repairs Hopefully Completed By Wednesday, Says FRA
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama witness massive traffic jam at Tamavua-i-wai bridge upon his return from Istanbul yesterday. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) expects to complete repairs to the Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge by Wednesday.

A crack in the steel beam under the bridge was discovered on Wednesday last week.

The Fiji Roads Authority immediately ordered a single-lane traffic over the bridge to allow for immediate repairs to be undertaken.

This has caused long queues of vehicles and traffic jams at both the Lami and Suva ends of the bridge.

The traffic jam has also caused numerous delays to workers, commuters and school children during the past few days.

FRA acting chief executive officer Rory Garland said: “FRA engineers are finalising the designs for repairs this morning (yesterday morning).

“Providing no further problem is identified, the repairs should be completed by next Wednesday.

These interviews were conducted by Fiji Sun journalists Ashna Kumar and Shahani Mala who asked this question to affected members of the public.

Question: How long were you stuck in the traffic, how has it affected you and what is your request to the authorities?

             Zack Matangi, 12, student of Flagstaff, Suva: I was late to school this morning because I attend a school in Lami. I request the FRA to repair the bridge quickly.

             Vereti Vusailagi, 54, Taxi Driver of Lami: My income has dropped for the last two days because of the huge traffic. It usually takes me at least 15 minutes to take a job from Suva to Lami or vice versa but in this huge traffic, I am stuck for more than an hour. I request the FRA to repair the bridge as soon as possible.

             Mohammed Wasim, Truck Driver of Nakasi: The traffic is affecting the timeframe of my work. I usually make two to three trips between Suva and Lami but for the past two days I have only been making one trip and stuck in traffic for more than two hours. I hope the authorities repair the bridge

             Owen Matakibau, 35, worker from Tacirua: I work in Lami and despite leaving early this morning I just couldn’t reach work on time with this traffic where I had to wait for more than an hour. I was late for my work and I had to walk to Suva after work. I request that the bridge be repaired quickly so traffic can flow easily.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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