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Fiji Roads: Construction Works On Bridge Will Not Create More Delays

Shore Buses Limited operations manager Aman Singh said with the current traffic, passengers were stuck in the queue for almost 45 minutes to an hour or even more when travelling from Lami to Suva, during peak hours.
27 Jun 2019 11:00
Fiji Roads: Construction Works On Bridge Will Not Create More Delays
Construction works on Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge in Suva on June 26, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Commuters have been assured that the construction of a two-lane permanent concrete bridge alongside the existing Tamavua-i-wai Bridge will not pose too much inconvenience.

The assurance came from Fiji Roads Authority CEO, Jonathan Moore, who said construction of the new bridge would not cause hassle to road users.

“Preliminary work has started, site clearance, site security, and geotechnical investigation. The starting activity for construction will be piling and this should commence in two to three months,” he said.

Shore Buses Limited operations manager Aman Singh said with the current traffic, passengers were stuck in the queue for almost 45 minutes to an hour or even more when travelling from Lami to Suva, during peak hours.

“We have to get in more buses and more drivers to try and cater for the delays caused by the traffic.

“I understand the building of the new bridge is for a good cause and I am happy that it is underway. But when the new bridge comes into place, no doubt there is going to be a major traffic delay along that road,” Mr Singh said.

The delays have caused schools and people to call the bus company to ask why there are delays, especially in the morning.

The new bridge will be operational mid-2020 when the existing bridge will be removed and a second two-lane bridge will be constructed in its place.

Mr Singh said the completion of the bridge would greatly help ease traffic flow and the bus company was looking forward to its positive outcomes.

The Land Transport Authority has been carefully observing the weight of trucks going through as a measure to diminish hazard to the current structure.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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