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Fiji Roads Chief Explains Why Delays in Suva Four-Lane

FRA set a target to open it at the end of June, but was forced to stop night work because of the danger it posed to the authority’s workers.
29 Jul 2019 15:19
Fiji Roads Chief Explains Why Delays in Suva Four-Lane
Adverse weather has been one of the causes of delay to the four-lane road in Nakasi. Photo: Fiji Roads Authority

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is in the final stages of completing the four-lane upgrade at the Kings Road – Adi Davila Road junction.

It says one of the last activities in the upgrade is the installation of traffic signals at this junction.

FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore made the comments in response to concerns raised about the early morning congestion at the junction in Nakasi in recent days.

Mr Moore said FRA was aware of the concerns.

He said the new road could not be opened to four lanes until this work, and all other signals along the upgraded section, was operational.

The nature of the work to install signals is such that a degree of disruption and congestion is inevitable during the work,” he said.

To minimise the disruption and congestion FRA has permitted the contractor to work at night (with appropriate traffic management and safety precautions).

In conjunction with the Fiji Police Force, FRA is actively managing traffic at the junction during peak hours.

It has maintained the peak prohibition on its contractors, so there should be no construction taking place during the morning and evening rush hours.

The opening of the four-lane section has been delayed.

FRA set a target to open it at the end of June, but was forced to stop night work because of the danger it posed to the authority’s workers.

FRA says it has lost time because of adverse weather at critical sealing times for the new roadworks and an unplanned breakdown at the Walu Bay asphalt plant.

It is on track to open the four-lane section by mid next month.

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