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Jetty work

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, April 25, 2014

IT will take four to seven years to complete maintenance of jetties, says Fiji Roads Authority maintenance works manager Dave Nicholls.

Mr Nicholls was in the Northern Division earlier this month to conduct initial inspections of roads, bridges and jetties in the division.

He said while the cost of maintenance work would total $120million, repair works would take longer.

"We have a maintenance budget around $120m but that is for jetties, bridges and roads for the whole of Fiji," Mr Nicholls said.

"A major jetty to replace could depend on the size of the jetty and that could cost between $2m and $3m.

"So you can see that it wouldn't take much for money to be exhausted.

"It's a good budget that government has given us for the maintenance and renewals of these structures.

"What it means within that budget, we will take between four and seven years to get on top of the outstanding maintenance issues.

"If we had more money, we would do it sooner.

"There is that balance between managing that money and how long it takes us to sort out these maintenance issues."