FRA highlights short-term surface flooding at Greig St
14 March, 2018, 12:00 am
MEMBERS of the public have been reminded that Suva’s Greig St was prone to short-term surface flooding during high tides.
Fiji Roads Authority general manager network operations and maintenance Aram Goes said some members of the public had raised questions as to why the road was not built higher.
“FRA did not build the road higher because this would entrap the stormwater runoff behind the road, resulting in increased flooding and damage to properties,” Mr Goes said.
He said the current road level provided an area for flood waters to disperse, allowing the increased opportunity to spread, then quickly subside when the tide went out, minimising the flooding impact to properties.
“Like any low-lying coastal area, in the event of a combination of high seas and heavy rains, people must expect and plan in readiness for brief periods of flooding,” he said.
Mr Goes said while they had improved the road condition, they would not be able to treat the ingress of the sea as part of their road upgrading, as this was an inherent situation beyond FRA’s control.
He reminded the public to choose wisely when entering the area during periods of heavy rain when high tide conditions existed.
“The improvement work that FRA completed on Greig St included extra drainage outlets, stabilising the road pavement, applying a high quality asphalt surface of the road and increased car parking spaces along with solar powered lights along a safe fenced seawall,” he said.
Mr Goes said there were plans for nearby busy city streets like Raojibhai Patel St through Vishnu Deo St and onto Ellery St to be upgraded this year.
“We know that there is a long list of roads that we need to get resealed or rehabilitated, and we are getting it done to quality and high standards,” he said.