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Relief For Cane Drivers After FRA Mends Broken Bridge

“The lorry and tractor drivers in our area are facing many challenges such as with few weeks left before the Labasa mill closes they need to battle against the rainy weather condition to transport cane to the mill,” Mr Raj said.
09 Nov 2022 16:35
Relief For Cane Drivers After FRA Mends Broken Bridge
Emanuel Jeet at the damaged bridge at Kulukulu, Waiqele, in Labasa on November 4, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Lorry drivers in Waiqele, Labasa are now able to safely transport sugarcane to Labasa mill after Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) carried out the maintenance of a bridge in Kulukulu.

Waiqele advisory councillor Dharam Raj said the 30 feet wooden bridge above the river beside a temple was built by indentured labourers.

He said last Monday he complained to FRA and they immediately visited the site and promised to fix it within one week.

 

“The lorry and tractor drivers in our area are facing many challenges such as with few weeks left before the Labasa mill closes they need to battle against the rainy weather condition to transport cane to the mill,” Mr Raj said.

“Many in desperate need drove over this broken bridge and unfortunately the tyre punctured as loose nails caused damage.”

One of the lorry drivers who has been supplying cane to the mill for 20 years, Emanuel Jeet said he spent more than $900 in wear and tear after using the bridge.

 

“We thought that the bridge belonged to Fiji Sugar Corporation but when inquired they told us it was under FRA,” Mr Jeet said.

“We are very thankful to FRA for attending to our needs.”

Mr Raj said FRA had drawn up a plan to build a proper two lane bridge with a walk way on one side next year.

“Consultation has been done and people have been informed about this new project,” Mr Raj said.

 

“In the meantime we advise motorists to be vigilant and exercise patience.”

He said more than 5,000 people were using this bridge on a daily basis.

FRA confirmed that it has received the complaint from Mr Raj and attended to it on Monday.

 

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