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$11m bill for bridge

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, June 13, 2014

THE total cost of upgrading the Rakiraki Bridge is expected to be about $11million.

Fiji Roads Authority maintenance manager Ian Hunter said work on the bridge resumed in February.

It was then stopped with FRA calling for a redesign of the bridge after consultants MWH Global noticed flaws in the original plan.

"The design shortfall has been addressed and the new bridge design now includes the approaches that were not included in the original design," Mr Hunter said.

"It will take around 12 months to construct the Rakiraki bridge."

The authority has reassured people of the greater Rakiraki area that assistance will be given to the contractor consistent with their contract with the FRA.

Mr Hunter said the new bridge was expected to withstand flood and other natural disasters for the next 100 years. The old bridge was declared unsafe in February last year and subsequently closed by FRA.

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