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Expect road closures

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

THE Fiji Roads Authority is advising those who frequent the Kings Rd highway to be mindful of the work in progress at Babavoce.

FRA maintenance works manager Dale Nicholls said although the temporary bypass road at Naiborebore is open, they may need to close it off occasionally to allow work crews to undertake required maintenance.

"Work that cannot be undertaken while the traffic is using it," Mr Nicholls said.

"We need the public to understand the closure is only for a short period and advise them to wait as they will be allowed through as soon as the crews are done."

People travelling through the bypass road cut through a hill at Babavoce on Friday were stopped as heavy downpour on Thursday night had weakened the ground.

Amelia Valekibulu from Uluiloli Village in Verata was stranded from 7am. She was on her way to the market with baskets of cassava and bananas to sell.

According to Mrs Valekibulu, she and several others carried their market produce one by one from one end of the road to the other.

"It was tough as timing is of essence when marketing at the Suva market," she said.

"I'm worried that most things I will take will not be sold. But even though I am stranded here, I'll find a way to get to Suva regardless of how late I may be."

Leakat Ali, who came by the early morning ferry from Labasa, was stuck at the spot from 5am. He was one of the lucky ones though as the 10-wheeler truck he was driving, which was transporting pine off-cuts, was the first heavy vehicle to be allowed to cross at 9am.

"I have done these trips so many times but I wasn't prepared for what happened today," he said.

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