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Bridge opens to light traffic

Mere Naleba
Saturday, January 11, 2014

LIGHT vehicles with a maximum weight of five tonnes can access the Vunidilo bridge in Wailoku.

A press statement yesterday stated the bridge was expected to be open to light vehicles but buses and trucks were still not allowed to use the bridge.

"We have no choice but to get off here and walk to our homes," said Anaseini Moce, a Wailoku resident.

"It would have been better if there were cars on the other side and we would have gladly paid $1 for the cars to transport us to our homes. But most of those living on the other side of the bridge are low income earners, so there are not many people there who have cars".

The partly-opened bridge can cater for taxis and RSL- licensed vehicles.

"This is a tremendous achievement by our whole team," said Fiji Roads Authority acting CEO Dale Nicholls.

"From the moment we had to make the call to close the bridge, our consultants MWH and maintenance contractors Fulton Hogan Hiways have been working hard to ensure the bridge was able to be reopened, although in a limited capacity, as soon as possible," he said.

"We had construction crews working into the middle of the night to achieve this excellent result".

Mr Nicholls said they hoped to open the bridge to buses as well by next Tuesday.

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