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Survey of Fiji roads to help FRA

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, May 03, 2014

MWH Global will soon commence its first geotechnical road assessment around the country to proactively identify issues in important parts of Fiji's 10,000 kilometre road network.

Communications manager Allanah James said the assessments were part of its contract with government to assist Fiji Roads Authority build and maintain the country's roads.

Mr James said the aim of the Geotechnical Risk Walkover Assessments was to classify and prioritise road issues, propose how best to address them and provide a repair time-frame.

"The focus will be on priority roads with high traffic counts, which connect major centres and have geo-technical issues and historic instabilities which affect use," he said.

"Following assessments, a plan will be developed for repair construction which is likely to get underway between August and October.

"Cyclones and tropical depressions, including the last tropical depression in February this year, have caused significant damage to roads in Fiji."

Mr James said they were hiring MWH New Zealand's most experienced geologist who would soon inspect the trans-insular road making assessments based on observations, experience, field measurements, literature, geological maps, aerial imagery and topographical maps.

"This will be the process for classifying all the roads in Fiji they assess.

"The same MWH geo-technical specialists have routinely carried out geo-technical assessments on New Zealand roads over the last 10 years."

MWH Global Fiji roading network manager Mike Rudge said a major advantage of this approach was to proactively identify problems and repair roads before more significant issues develop and made it more difficult and costly to repair.

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