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More Strength Needed On Bridge, Engineers Recommend

Engineers have recommended to the Fiji Roads Authority that the Tamavua-i-Wai needed more strengthening. That means traffic jam at the Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge will continue for another four weeks where the
02 Jun 2016 11:49
More Strength Needed On Bridge, Engineers Recommend
Fiji Roads Authority Acting Chief Executive Officer Rory Garland. Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Engineers have recommended to the Fiji Roads Authority that the Tamavua-i-Wai needed more strengthening.

That means traffic jam at the Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge will continue for another four weeks where the bridge will be restricted to one lane only and an 18-tonne load limit.

Despite earlier reports that the bridge was to open both lanes yesterday, further inspections from engineers had recommended to FRA that further strengthening was required on the bridge structure.

FRA acting chief executive officer Rory Garland said: “We also reported last week that the engineers were undertaking further detailed inspections using a floating pontoon and cleaning equipment to get into the more difficult areas of the structure,” he said.

“Although there are no further critical issues, the recommendation to FRA is that further strengthening work is required elsewhere in the bridge structure.

“If completed, this will enable the existing bridge to continue in service for another five years, when a replacement structure will have been constructed as part of FRA’s normal works programme.”

During that five-year period, Mr Garland said FRA would build a new bridge.

A crack in the steel beam under the bridge was discovered last Wednesday and FRA ordered a single-lane traffic to allow for immediate repairs. It caused long queues that stretched as far as Veisari with workers and students reaching their destinations very late.

Mr Garland said FRA had taken the decision to complete all the necessary repairs immediately.

“By doing this strengthening work now we will get at least another five years reliable use from this bridge. We will be able to return the bridge to normal use, accommodating two lanes of traffic and goods vehicles up to the legal limits.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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