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Old Rewa Bridge Demolition Tender Out 

“We’re still working on some finer details for it. We want to get things sorted out in one year, that’s the plan at the moment,” Mr Prasad said.
31 Jan 2022 11:36
Old Rewa Bridge Demolition Tender Out 
Old Rewa bridge in Nausori on January 20 2022. Photo- Leon Lord

The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has started the tender process for the demolition of the iconic old Rewa Bridge.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) was put out over the weekend inviting applications from qualified, competent and reputable companies to demolish the old bridge.

FRA chief executive officer Kamal Prasad said the EOI would be out for six weeks after which they would assess the applications received and work out a budget.

The application deadline is 2pm, Friday, March 11, 2022.

“We’re still working on some finer details for it. We want to get things sorted out in one year, that’s the plan at the moment,” Mr Prasad said.

“We have to make sure the budget is in place. That type of demolition hasn’t been done in Fiji before. We have to tread very carefully.

“At the moment we just want to see who’s out there and their capabilities. We’ll also have people from overseas applying for it. We’ll come to know after the expression of interest if there is anybody near or our procurement should go some other way.

“If we see things lining up then as part of the next financial year’s budget then we can put it forward.”

He said two of the main aspects of the project they had to consider were the environmental and safety aspect.

“So we are looking for people who are going to be able to do this without affecting the environment and getting the bridge demolished in a safe manner without anybody getting hurt,” he said.

Mr Prasad said over the years FRA had received complaints of people using the bridge as a drinking place and also to cross over to and from Nausori Town.

“It’s dangerous because of the structural integrity we’re not able to certify, be certain that we can use it for pedestrian use,” he said.

The bridge was constructed in 1935 and was opened on June 12, 1937.

It was closed indefinitely on July 30, 2017 after its deteriorating state reached the stage which presented a risk to the public and could partially collapse without warning.

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