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Cawaki: Bridge funding with FRA

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, July 25, 2014

COMMISSIONER Western Commander Joeli Cawaki says funding for the construction of a new Denarau bridge has been given by government.

"From government's side, we have given funding for the Denarau bridge and the actual work is going to be carried out by FRA," Cdr Cawaki said.

"We had promised it in the 2014 budget last year and they are supposed to do the bridge and the four-way lane from the airport to Denarau.

"As far as we know, they are the ones responsible for the bridge.

"We've almost reached the end of the year and there's still no work on that bridge."

Last week, FRA CEO Neil Cook told this newspaper they were waiting on government to formally hand over the project.

This week, in response to expressed public concerns on the state of the Denarau bridge — which provided a link to 395 residential properties, eight international brand hotels and resorts and an 18-hole international standard championship golf course — the Denarau Corporation Limited said it was still waiting for funding promised by government in the National Budget.

In the 2014 National Budget announced last November, $9.4million was specifically allocated for work on the bridge.

The DCL board explained the deterioration of the bridge had reached a point where both sides of the bridge now needed to have an additional temporary load bearing layer of decking installed.

At a meeting, the board had agreed it would fund the temporary upgrade of the bridge.

"The board has agreed to this substantial expenditure because of their commitment to ensure the safety of the public travelling to and from Denarau."

The FRA did not respond to questions sent yesterday on the statement made by Cdr Cawaki.

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