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Tree Cutting Part Of $15m Queen Elizabeth Drive Road Expansion Project

Stage One involves the road from Ratu Sukuna Road to Vuya Road including the Nasese Bridge. This work is done over 1.67 kilometres.
04 Feb 2020 10:27
Tree Cutting Part Of $15m Queen Elizabeth Drive Road Expansion Project
Workers constructing a wall parallel to the seawall along the Queen Elizabeth Drive and close to the Nasese Bridge in Suva. Photo: Shalveen Chand

Coconut trees along the Queen Elizabeth Drive in Suva have been cut down as road works to widen and turn it into a four-lane road gains momentum.

The project is worth $15 million. The works will be carried out in three stages and areas.

Stage One involves the road from Ratu Sukuna Road to Vuya Road including the Nasese Bridge. This work is done over 1.67 kilometres.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive Jonathan Moore said this part of the project included reclamation of land.

“The road here is narrow and it includes a bend leading onto the bridge. We are going to straighten that portion of the road and construct a new bridge,” he said.

Evidence of the reclamation can now be seen with a wall being constructed parallel to the seawall.

Stage Two is from Vuya Road to Muanikau Road and this spans a total length of 1.35km.

The contractors have cut down coconut trees that are along the road.

Stage Three is from Muanikau Road to Laucala Bay Road extending to 200 metres of Fletcher Road spanning 1.34km.

According to FRA, the scope of work encompasses the design, upgrading and construction of three sections of Queen Elizabeth Drive including the Nasese Bridge, along with the structure replacement, relocation and upgrading of services with road reserve.

Laucala Bay resident Tevita Vono said there would be disruptions, but he was happy that work on expanding the road was being done.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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