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Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge Re-opens

FRA contractor worked round the clock for a fortnight to repair crack   The traffic jam at the Tamavua-i-wai bridge will now ease for travellers after the Fiji Roads Authority
13 Jun 2016 10:00
Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge Re-opens
Free traffic at Lami bridge. Photo: SHAHANI MALA

FRA contractor worked round the clock for a fortnight to repair crack

 

The traffic jam at the Tamavua-i-wai bridge will now ease for travellers after the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) re-opened the bridge to two lanes yesterday morning.

FRA acting chief executive officer, Rory Garland said: “After two weeks of round the clock working, FRA contractor Fulton Hogan Civil had completed the most critical strengthening works ahead of time.

“This will enable use of both lanes of the bridge with an on-going weight restriction whilst the remaining work is completed,” Mr Garland said.

“FRA is able to open to two lanes ahead of time due to restructuring of the work programme to achieve a staged opening. Our contractors were also assisted by better than expected weather.”

A crack in the steel beam under the bridge was discovered by FRA last month.

The FRA 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 for businesses, workers, commuters and school children

Mr Garland said the 18 tonne weight restriction would remain in place for both the lanes until completion of the remaining strengthening works.

“For the safety of our workers and the public it is essential that haulage companies continue to observe the weight restriction.

“Otherwise we may need to reintroduce the single lane operation again,” he said.

Fiji Taxi Union assistant general secretary Mohammed Shameem said: “We are happy with the work done by FRA and Land Transport Authority.

“For the last couple of weeks taxi drivers faced some challenges.

“They were stuck in traffic for long hours and did not reached their targets,” he said.

Shore Buses Limited was one of the bus companies badly affected by the traffic jam.

Shore Buses managing director, Jasper Singh said: “We are happy that the bridge is now re-opened to two lanes again.

“We are happy with the work done by FRA and Land Transport Authority.

“The FRA workers worked really hard to repair the damaged bridge.”

Mr Singh said they faced some problems at the beginning when FRA was repairing the bridge but they later found some solutions to provide their services in that traffic jam.

Rehoboth Infrastructure Ltd construction worker Nacanieli Vakanau said: “I worked tirelessly for the last couple of weeks.”

“I started work 7 am and stopped at 7 pm and it was tough to control the traffic at times. I hardly spent time with my family.”

Mr Vakanau said he was now happy both the lanes of the bridge were re-opened.

Meanwhile, FRA confirms the temporary closure of the Lomawai One Bridge, Sigatoka from 9.00am to 2.00pm today.

The Lomawai One Bridge will be temporarily closed to complete the bridge surfacing works.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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