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Authority: Waisa Road repairs complete

Maintenance works for surrounding villages along Waisa Road, Bua, Vanua levu, are complete following the damage sustained by Tropical Depression 04F, says Fiji Roads Authority. “The length of the road
13 Mar 2017 11:00
Authority: Waisa Road repairs complete
Fiji Roads Authority

Maintenance works for surrounding villages along Waisa Road, Bua, Vanua levu, are complete following the damage sustained by Tropical Depression 04F, says Fiji Roads Authority.

“The length of the road is about 10km access to three villages and the area is heavily operated by logging industry of about two to three companies logging each day,” said Aram Goes, general manager network operations and maintenance for FRA.

“Not all the repair works have been completed due to the current weather conditions.”

In response to an issue raised during a talanoa session last week at Namalata Village, Kubulau District, Mr Goes said there was no issue because the road was accessible because of the maintenance work done in the past.

Kubulau representative Sailosi Rakanace had claimed that contractors would apply gravel only on other parts of the road except on flat land.

This has made the roads inaccessible to the residents from Waisa, Naseiseivua and Natokalau villages.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had also directed FRA to monitor contractors that carry out work on our roads.

“The contractor targets the worst affected roads and includes where vehicles need traction is often a priority over flat roads,” Mr Goes said.

“We will place gravel in these sections also over time.”

He said multiple types of crushed aggregate were used on the unsealed road network.

“This ranges from 65mm diametre sub base aggregate, 40mm diametre base course aggregate and river rock,” he said.

“We use crushed rock where practical, however crushed aggregate us not always available in remote locations. Due to the large road network in Fiji, it is not due to the significant costs involved in transportation, so screened gravels are used from time to time.”

Mr Goes said their contractor, Fulton Hogan Hiways, was actively seeking hard rock sources of river rock and were working with the Mineral Resources, Environmental Department and the iTaukei Land Trust Board to reduce the environmental impact.

“This is to ensure that better quantities and quality rock is used on the road and network when available,” he said.



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