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30 bridges for repair

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, November 15, 2012

ABOUT 30 bridges will be repaired or reconstructed around Fiji over the next five years.

Fiji Roads Authority's Western Division road engineer Joji Mate said government was trying to improve the entire infrastructure around Fiji.

"The government has a list of 30 bridges to be repaired and replaced around the country," he said.

Mr Mate said it would take five years to complete the maintenance of the 30 bridges.

"Our first priority will be the bridges that are regularly used by traffic."

He said the Stinson Pde bridge in Suva City and Fletcher Rd bridge in Vatuwaqa were on the list.

"There are bridges in the Western Division, Northern Division and some in the Eastern Division that need to be repaired or even replaced."

Mr Mate said the budget for the repairs would be in millions of dollars.

"Even one bridge costs around $2 million to $3 million. I cannot imagine the total cost of repair of all the bridges," he said.

Fiji Roads Authority manager change Mike Rudge said he would release a statement on the issue next week.