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Editorial: Paipai Crossing Is A Bridge To Progress For All

Safety is prioritised in the construction of new bridges and crossings in Fiji. They are much more resistant to both flooding and earthquakes. The Vakabuli Paipai Crossing opened in Lautoka
30 Jan 2019 10:12
Editorial: Paipai Crossing Is A Bridge To Progress For All
School children after the opening of the Vakabuli Paipai Crossing in Lautoka.

Safety is prioritised in the construction of new bridges and crossings in Fiji.
They are much more resistant to both flooding and earthquakes.

The Vakabuli Paipai Crossing opened in Lautoka on Monday by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, is safe for the 150 households who are going to use it daily.

“School children will no longer have to risk their safety by walking over the rushing waters of a flooded crossing.

Mothers and fathers will now be easily connected to public transport, allowing for quicker travel to markets, health centres, and government offices, all of which are also being expanded across our country,” Mr Bainimarama said during the opening.

Gone are the days when they were cut out from the rest of Fiji when the crossing was flooded.

In previous years, the crossing has been washed away multiple times, bringing an unacceptable level of inconvenience for the people of this community.

However, they should be rest assured that their new crossing is more resilient to the serious effects of severe weather, including heavy rains.

“It stands over 1.5 metres higher than the previous structure, and is fortified by concrete and designed to withstand the elements, this is an infrastructural achievement that will continue to benefit your community for many years to come,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Government, he adds is creating a Fijian future that is able to weather the storm; a Fiji for our children and grandchildren, and a Fiji that is more resilient, helping to strengthen our economy, protect our people, and allowing us to bounce back when the inevitable strikes yet again.

It has erected crossings and bridges far and wide, knowing the value that they serve in transforming entire communities and uplifting the families, who cross them.

The new crossing will improve access for the 150 households travelling into and out of Vakabuli.

It provides means for movement of people and goods between businesses and local markets.

We must thank the hardworking men and women of the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) for delivering Fiji with this project.

This precast culvert crossing is built to such a standard that it will be the same design that is now replicated all throughout Fiji for future crossings.

FRA is fully committed to replacing each and every one of Fiji’s vulnerable crossings and bridges.

Now FRA is in the process of awarding contracts for 17 critical bridges in Fiji.

Surely with their design they will be safe for all Fijians who are going to use them.

For the Bainimarama-led Government nothing is more important than to fulfill their promise to deliver basic services to all Fijians.

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