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Pleas for bypass road

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, July 10, 2014

PLEAS from motorists for a bypass road in Labasa Town have surfaced again.

Motorists interviewed said the traffic congestion, caused by slow moving cane trucks and tractors, had become a nuisance.

Motorist Mahend Prasad said it was only proper for the authorities responsible to have the bypass road up and running.

"We are now experiencing heavy traffic, especially in the morning and afternoon," Mr Prasad said.

"Vehicles queue up almost every day and this is because we have cane lorries and tractors who are also using the main street.

"The logging trucks also access this road and it's really difficult for us as drivers of small and medium vehicles to be driving along with them.

"There are always risks in terms of road accidents and most importantly, it's frustrating to wait for the traffic congestion to clear. I only hope that the government will do something about this bypass road as it's now a much-talked about development that most of us are looking forward to see eventuate."

Another motorist Kyoko Bandy shared similar sentiments saying the traffic was usually bad.

"We only experience this traffic problem during crushing season. It's really bad and the bypass road is a good solution," Ms Bandy said.

"This proposed project has been discussed over the past years and I think it's about time authorities work on it so the heavy-laden trucks can be diverted there.

"This will somehow solve the problem of congestion on the main street."

Responding to the concerns, acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said they had already submitted their plans on the proposed project to the FRA.

FRA CEO Neil Cook said yesterday afternoon they had completed a feasibility report on the project, saying it was a viable economic proposition.

"We will be doing some more work and this includes the costing, discussions and other necessary information even though we have already compiled the report," Mr Cook said.

"Once this is done, we will submit our gatherings to the government for its final decision."

The bypass road is expected to link Lajonia Rd to Korowiri and then out from Batinikama.

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