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Important road links

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THE Fiji Roads Authority has begun permanent repairs to Koronubu bridge in Ba which sustained major damage earlier this year.

The bridge provides a vital link between sugarcane farmers and the Rarawai sugar Mill in Ba.

FRA maintenance works manager Dale Nicholls said getting the Koronubu bridge up and running again as soon as possible at this important time of the year had been a top priority for the authority.

He said they expected work to be finished this month.

"Like most of the hundreds of bridges, roads and jetties that the FRA is working to upgrade, the Koronubu bridge provides important links for children getting to school, people getting to work and being able to get health care," said Mr Nicholls.

"The work going on all over Fiji does mean some short-term inconvenience and more holdups for traffic for now, but in the long-term, the pay-offs will be immense."

Meanwhile, the authority also revealed the upgrading of an important bypass road to the Penang sugar mill in Rakiraki.

FRA capital works manager Ian Hunter said 500 metres of the 11-kilometre bypass road running from the Penang sugar mill had been sealed to cater for the increase in traffic during crushing season.

According to the authority, dust was causing problems for homes and the sugar mill at the Rakiraki bridge bypass.