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Road upgrade options

Torika Tokalau
Sunday, June 08, 2014

THE Fiji Roads Authority is considering options for the upgrade at Naiborebore and Kasavu slips on Kings Rd.

At present, there is a two-way bypass available to motorists at Naiborebore and a second lane is being developed for Kasavu so traffic control is no longer needed.

In a media brief, FRA stated that survey and geotechnical investigations have begun on both sites and are going to require significant earthworks. It adds that perhaps, this would mean remaining structures and pavement are sealed off the new alignments.

The FRA is continuing with its investigation works and a design is underway at both sites. They will also procure the work through an open competitive tender process and a registration of interest is expected to be advertised soon.

Meanwhile, the contract for the upgrade and renewal work for Natovi Jetty has been awarded to Pacific Marine and Civil Solutions.

"The initial upgrade plan included the deck and beam replacement," FRA said in a statement.

"When work started it was discovered that the piles supporting the structure were not sound and would also require significant work (under water) to give them a longer life cycle consistent with the new superstructure."

An alternative layout at the same price as the original repair has been accepted by Fiji Roads Authority.

The FRA confirmed that the contractor had put forward an alternative design which will provide a new jetty, mooring dolphin and widened ramp as well as allow room for future planning and the construction of a duplicate ramp to the north of the jetty in the future.

"These new improvements to the Natovi Jetty will make it safer and will benefit hundreds of travellers that access this jetty daily."


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