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Traffic Pain Greets Suva-Nausori Commuters

A big road queue awaited commuters from Suva towards Nausori on Thursday evening as they waited for hours while road works were being done. Some even arrived home after curfew.
06 Feb 2021 10:04
Traffic Pain Greets Suva-Nausori Commuters
Roadworks at Nokonoko Road at Laucala Beach Estate..

A big road queue awaited commuters from Suva towards Nausori on Thursday evening as they waited for hours while road works were being done.

Some even arrived home after curfew.

Some journeys which take an hour even during peak traffic lasted up to three hours.

Then there were those who waited to travel around 9pm, but were still with traffic that could rival the peak hour.

Most of this was attributed to the works on major arterial roads which include Nokonoko Bailey Bridge to the Ratu Dovi Road roundabout, Tubou Street, and Brown Street.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said Police and Fiji Roads Authority met and discussed measures to be adopted should the traffic situation continue into next week when school resumes.

FRA acting chief executive Kamal Prasad said all works were subject to weather.

The weather however, has not been favourable to the road contractors, but work has not stopped.

FRA said Ratu Mara Road was part of the programme.

“We have recently completed roadworks on sections of Pratt Street, Selbourne Street, Hercules Street, Holland Street, Amy Street, Ono Street, and some sections of Queens Road at Namuka-i-Lau and Veisari, Fulaga Street, Nasevou Street in Lami, Nayau Street, Gordon Street, Komo Street, Milverton Road, Argo Street, and Waimanu Road,” Mr Prasad said.

“Motorists are advised that the road will be reduced to a single lane and to factor in extra travel time if commuting through the area.

“Please slow down as indicated by the temporary traffic signs, follow the instructions of the site traffic personnel, and pay attention while driving along the construction sites.”

Dhiren Singh said he left Suva at 5pm and reached Nausori after 8pm.

Jemesa Vulinivatu said he took a detour from Fletcher Road to his brother’s place so he could wait out the traffic.

He said he left Samabula for Laucala Beach close to 9pm but still met traffic as if it was in the morning. He said he was not stuck that long but it was unusual traffic for that time.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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