Fiji Time: 4:39 AM on Sunday 29 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Maintenance a priority for FRA

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

ONE hundred bridges throughout the country require urgent maintenance or replacement by the Fiji Roads Authority.

Authority CEO Neil Cook yesterday said this was a priority for them.

"FRA is responsible for more than 1000 bridges in the country and 100 of them require urgent maintenance or replacement," he said.

Commenting on the condition of the Vunimoli bridge in Labasa, Mr Cook said: "Where it's warranted that a replacement bridge is constructed at a higher level to reduce the incidents of it being out of service, we certainly consider the relative costs and benefits of doing so."

Residents in the area have been pleading with FRA to maintain and extend the bridge because it usually submerges during heavy rain.

"The fact that this bridge or any other bridge, goes under water during high water levels is because of their designs," Mr Cook said.

"Many bridges were designed to a certain level that was acceptable to the community they served during the time they were built.

"Expectations change as time passes by and we have bridges such as this all over Fiji where the community now desires a much higher level of service.

"Our focus right now is to attend to the 100 bridges."

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62590.6069
JPY 58.270455.2704
GBP 0.31140.3034
EUR 0.44340.4314
NZD 0.72230.6893
AUD 0.65460.6296
USD 0.47290.4559



Exchange Rate updated on 27th November 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 7s with a smile
  2. Former CEO recalls days of sunken vessel
  3. 'Ship was fit to sail'
  4. Tears of joy as Tubalagi graduates
  5. Give them this day their daily bread
  6. Roadworks to end soon
  7. Bridges to run a century
  8. No leakage of diesel from sunken ship
  9. PS confirms oil volume
  10. Nadolo to join Top 14

Top Stories this Week

  1. Left for dead Wednesday (25 Nov)
  2. MV Suilven sinks Wednesday (25 Nov)
  3. 8 years for raping man Tuesday (24 Nov)
  4. MV Suilven sinks in Suva Harbour Tuesday (24 Nov)
  5. Torture suspects known to police Thursday (26 Nov)
  6. 'Racial slur' Sunday (22 Nov)
  7. Friend indeed Monday (23 Nov)
  8. Sevens hurdle Tuesday (24 Nov)
  9. Sex assault claim Thursday (26 Nov)
  10. Prof Prasad leaves school premises as 'mark of respect' Monday (23 Nov)