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Motorists To Use New Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge This Week

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore confirmed this yesterday.
31 Aug 2020 08:44
Motorists To Use New Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge This Week
The Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge in Suva on July 7, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Motorists will be able to access the newly-constructed Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge by Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore confirmed this yesterday.

Mr Moore said the authority was finalising a number of checks that had to be carried out in order for the structure to be made accessible to the travelling public.

The authority had targeted to complete works at June’s end to early July this year, but anomalies identified during the work had delayed the opening.

“We have done everything we could do with the ground condition, but it only has to be monitored and that will not be much of an issue,” Mr Moore said.

“So we are looking at mid-week, by Wednesday or Thursday that we will open the bridge to the traveling public.”

Earlier last month, the authority discovered deep soft-spots in the sub-base of the structure which resulted in a slight realignment.

Mr Moore said this had been rectified.

“Once this new bridge is complete, all the existing foundations, substructures and superstructure of the old bridge will be demolished. This will be in preparation for the second bridge to be built within this alignment,” he said.

“The second Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge will also be a two-lane bridge which will allow four lanes between Lami and Suva corridor in the near future.”

ABOUT THE BRIDGE:

The deck level is 1.90m higher than the existing bridge to protect against future damage.

It has a design life of 100 years and built with a reinforced concrete deck bridge, precast prestressed beams, piled foundations and engineering fill approach roads.

Ensuring that current and future environmental and climate risks are incorporated into the bridge, the design will safeguard access to basic services and reduce vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and the other economic, social and environmental issues.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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