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Fiji Roads Authority Plans Future Works to Reduce Reliance on Pothole Repairs

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has a forward-work plan designed to carry out whole carriageway section repairs, which will reduce future reliance on pothole repairs. This was confirmed by FRA
07 May 2019 12:07
Fiji Roads Authority Plans Future Works to Reduce Reliance on Pothole Repairs
Workers from China Railway 3 patching up pot holes at the Princes Road, Tamavua on May 6, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has a forward-work plan designed to carry out whole carriageway section repairs, which will reduce future reliance on pothole repairs.

This was confirmed by FRA chief executive office Jonathan Moore yesterday.

“Repeated pothole repairs in the same location are inefficient and ultimately ineffective. The problem we are facing now is that after decades of underinvestment and the adoption of a ‘Do minimum’ approach there are a multitude of damaged road sections; far more than we can quickly rectify when we have prolonged and intense rainfall,” Mr Moore said.

“To fully rectify the pothole issue will take several years and a significant investment in time and money; and it will result in disruption. Right now, for example, there is serious deterioration on sections of Ratu Mara and Princes Road.

“In these locations repeated pothole repairs will not work anymore unfortunately while the weather is as it currently is, we have to repair as best we can.

“However, once the current wet weather period is over, we will be carrying out full width carriageway rehabilitation and reseal works that will provide a more durable road surface.”

Mr Moore said that they are doing their best to repair the worst affected areas.

“Princes Road is planned for July this year once work is completed on the Kings Road. We cannot carry out sectional carriageway repairs on the worst affected areas until we have a clear four-lane route along Kings Road from Rewa Bridge to Nakasi, as this would result in even worse congestion and disruption that is currently being experienced.

“We will maintain a two-way traffic for local access wherever possible. Commuters into Suva will be encouraged to use the Kings Road.

“Work on carriageway replacement along Princes Road is expected to be complete by October this year.

“Once work has been completed on Princes Road, the team will move to Ratu Dovi Road to carry out similar work on the most severely damaged locations.

“We are urging members of the public, especially motorists to please be patient, drive to the conditions and keep a safe following distance,” Mr Moore added.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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