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Bridge washed away

Jone Kalouniviti
Friday, March 14, 2014

THE movement of more than 1000 residents from two areas in Sigatoka were affected by flash flooding early this week.

Nadroga provincial administrator Peni Naqasenivanua said the matter could have been avoided if there were better communication lines between the Fiji Roads Authority and contractors engaged to build roads and bridges in the Western Division.

On Monday, the approach to the Lawai-Nasau bridge, which connected the Old Sigatoka Valley Rd to the new one, was washed away, blocking off an area where about 500 people reside.

And Tilivalevu Rd, beside Lawaqa Park, has been flooded since Monday with as much as four feet of water affecting an additional 500 residents.

Mr Naqasenivanua said he had raised the bridge issue many times with Higgins Ltd, the contractor in the Western Division, and also the roads authority.

"I have raised the issue before because the Lawai-Nasau bridge was very old but now it is gone, blocking off people and also the Tilalevu Rd issue requires a permanent solution because it is flooded all the time.

Now with the bridge gone, everyone who lives on the opposite side, from Lawai, Nasau and Korokoro, have to walk more than five kilometres to board the bus to town."

This newspaper met Korokoro resident and Fiji Sports Council staff member Vanueli Kunaqio, who reported late to work because he had to walk three kilometres.

"It's a big inconvenience, we came on Tuesday morning and the bridge was almost gone," said Mr Kunaqio.

Authority CEO Neil Cook said they would respond to queries after gathering the necessary information.








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