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Roadworks on island

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, April 25, 2014

ROADWORKS on the island of Rotuma have been made easier with a new excavation machine sent to the depot by the Fiji Roads Authority.

Speaking to this newspaper, FRA maintenance manager Dale Nicholls said the mini excavation machine would be used for minor roadworks on the island.

"We have a depot over there for staff that carry out minor maintenance work," he said.

"We've just provided our Rotuma depot with a mini-excavation machine that could do some of the excavation work over there."

He said a team from the authority was sent to the island once a year to carry out heavy maintenance work on all roads, bridges and jetties.

"When it comes to heavy maintenance work, contractors will send a team over there every once a year to carry out all of the maintenance work that the current team over there can't just do at the moment."

He added overall maintenance work on all infrastructures would depend on those that were in dire need of repair or maintenance.

"MWH Global does our inspections and there's over a thousand bridges that we are responsible for.

"So logistically, it takes time to inspect all of the bridges as well just because of the sheer number," he said.

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