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Residents raise safety issue

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

RESIDENTS of Tunalia in Nadi are calling for the raising of the bridge at Aralevu Irish crossing to prevent accidents such as the one that claimed the lives of 46-year-old Francis Deo and his daughter Samantha two weeks ago.

A resident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they had lodged numerous complaints about the bridge.

"When it rains, the bridge gets flooded and it is very dangerous for people who live here and travel daily," he said.

"This sort of incident never happened before but we still knew it was dangerous because the bridge is very low."

He said they hoped the authorities would take action and raise the bridge.

Mr Deo's wife, Anjani, echoed similar sentiments as she and other family members gathered at the scene to pay their final respects.

"The bridge is too low and needs to be raised," the 40-year-old woman said.

"There also needs to be some railings put up so that it provides at least a little security for vehicles."

Mrs Deo said drivers needed protection for their vehicles and it was crucial for the safety of the people to have the bridge raised.

Questions sent to the Fiji Roads Authority remained unanswered.