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Bypass Not New Kings Road: FRA

  The alternative Bau Tikina bypass route following the Kasavu Road slip is not the new Kings Highway. This was emphasised by Aram Goes, Fiji Roads Authority general manager network
08 Jan 2017 11:00
Bypass Not New Kings Road: FRA
Workers take time out at the newly constructed bypass road.Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

 

The alternative Bau Tikina bypass route following the Kasavu Road slip is not the new Kings Highway.

This was emphasised by Aram Goes, Fiji Roads Authority general manager network operations and maintenance.

Mr Goes has called on the public to plan their travel carefully and if possible to travel via the Queens Road rather than using the alternative route.

“This is a temporary emergency route provided due to the major landslide affecting the Kings Road. People are encouraged to avoid this area and not to treat it like the new Kings Road,” Mr Goes said.

The new bypass has a speed restriction of of 30 kilometres per hour and carries a maximum load of 18 tonnes.

There will be several single lane access and ‘Give Way’ signs provided.

He said: “It will be closely monitored by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the FRA with the assistance of the Police in maintaining proper traffic movement and safety and ensuring that the general population are not affected too much by the change in traffic movements coming from Kings Road to the residential areas of Vuci, Raralevu and Bau Tikina Road detour.

“From time to time conditions of the road will change due to the weather as anticipated by FRA that in certain occasions they might close the bypass for public safety. We may even close the road at night from 10pm and open it in the early hours.

“At the moment we planned to open this road on Monday morning at 7am and the only thing that might change that is significant heavy downfall in the next 48 hours that will close the movement beyond our control.”

He thanked the Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) contractors for their efficient work.

“The contractors are doing a good job because the work that is supposed to be completed in 12 weeks, they finished it in less than three weeks,” Mr Goes said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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