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Tamavua-I-Wai Bridge All Set To Open Tomorrow, Says Roads Authority

Good progress has been made over the weekend and Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is still confident that the bridge can be reopened to two lanes of traffic tomorrow. FRA acting
31 May 2016 10:30
Tamavua-I-Wai Bridge All Set To Open Tomorrow, Says Roads Authority
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure & Transport Vijay Nath (left), and Fulton Hogan Hiways civil engineer Ashish Singh giving an update on the Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai.

Good progress has been made over the weekend and Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is still confident that the bridge can be reopened to two lanes of traffic tomorrow.

FRA acting chief executive officer Rory Garland says that overnight last Friday the contractor, Fulton Hogan Hiways, constructed the platform under the bridge.

The preparatory work on the dam­aged bridge beam was completed at around 7pm on Sunday night.

Mr Garland said a new section of steel beam has been fabricated by Vatuwaqa Industrial Engineering Limited and will be on site.

The plan was to install the new sec­tion of beam yesterday and today and then remove the repair plat­form from the bridge by tomorrow . This will allow FRA to open the second lane.

FRA’s bridge engineer, Erasito Beca Consultants Limited, com­pleted the design for the repair last week and are now monitoring the physical work.

Last Saturday a consultant was able inspect some of the other bridge joints. Following their as­sessment, a weight restriction of 18 tonnes was imposed to protect the safety of the public and our workers under the bridge.

“The engineers are now under­taking detailed inspections of the rest of the bridge using a barge to get close-up under the whole struc­ture,” Mr Rory said.

“We expect to get results from this inspection later today and then we will reconsider the need for weight restrictions.”

At the same time, consultants MWH have been co-ordinating the logistical side of the response.

Land Transport Authority have been running vehicle weight checks around the clock and the Police have been working with FRA’s maintenance contractor FHHJV to help ease the traffic conditions.

“FRA would like to extend our thanks to all our government and industry partners for helping to deal with this incident.

There have been a lot of hours put in overnight and over the weekend. But most of all we would like to thank the travelling public for their patience.”

Review

Mr Garland said FRA will be re­viewing their bridge inspection pro­gramme immediately in the light of this incident and will focusing on those bridges that are suffering the worst of the overloading.

FRA will also be spending more time checking for the types of fail­ure that result from excessive loads and impacts, he added.

Source: Fiji Roads Authority

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