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Need for new bridges

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, March 22, 2014

THERE will be no purchase of road maintenance material from overseas including New Zealand unless there is a dire need to do so, says Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook.

Mr Cook said, however, contractors were looking at bringing in precast bridge components as a viable option.

"That decision will be based on an economic one, whether we can do it effectively locally or is there a real need to purchase them overseas.

"However, there is a need for the new bridges especially those in our coastal areas to have high strength concrete and the question is whether they can be produced locally.

"It can be produced locally but the contractor's interest is these components be produced consistently in the quantities they need and so on.

"I am not aware of any components being brought from overseas but that maybe something that some of the contractors may consider."

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