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Vatuwaqa Bridge Works Begin

Construction works for the Vatuwaqa Bridge in the Central Division has started. This was confirmed by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) programme manager for bridges and jetties, Nixon Toremana. “This
16 Jul 2016 14:22
Vatuwaqa Bridge Works Begin
FRA Program Manager for Bridges and Jetties Nixon Toremana at the new Vatuwaqa Bridge construction site. Photo: Fiji Roads Authority

Construction works for the Vatuwaqa Bridge in the Central Division has started.

This was confirmed by the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) programme manager for bridges and jetties, Nixon Toremana.

“This is great news for the thousands of people who travel daily in the area,” he said.

“The site works and relocation of services on the Vatuwaqa Bridge is now in progress.”

The construction of both the bridges is programmed to take 29 months.

Mr Toremana said the new bridge was to be built alongside the existing Bailey bridge and the Bailey bridge will remain open during the construction period.

“We would also like to announce that construction work on the Stinson Parade Bridge, Suva, will also begin later this year,”  Mr Toremana said.

In the interim, he said the demolition of the Ports Authority building to make way for the new Stinson Bridge has been completed.

The Vatuwaqa Bridge and Stinson Parade Bridge project is a “design and build” project based on a scheme design prepared by the contractor, and then reviewed and approved by the FRA engineers for detailed design.

“Since this bridge project is a China Aid project through a grant, the tender process was conducted by the government of the Peoples Republic of China,” Mr Toremana said.

Based on this process, China Railway Group 14 was awarded the contract to design and build these two bridges.

“The project cost of these two bridges is $30 million and is funded by China government Grant Aid.

“The Fijian Government’s contribution is $4.5 million.”

The Fijian Government will fund the provision of a campsite for the contractor, utility relocations, land acquisition and relocation of residential properties and filling of land.

 

Source: Fiji Roads Authority

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