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New bridge to open soon

Luke Rawalai
Friday, August 01, 2014

PEOPLE of Bouma on the North-end of Taveuni will have to wait another month after Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook confirmed yesterday that the new bridge will ready by August 17.

"Work is progressing and traffic, including the general public, can access the bridge once construction works are over," Mr Cook said.

This newspaper had earlier highlighted the plea of villagers in the area who had started travelling to other parts of the island in punts after the bridge broke down.

Speaking on behalf of the villagers from Lavena, former district representative Berenado Surualau said villagers were spending $40 to $50 to hire punts.

Mr Surualau said movement to and from the area was affected a lot.

Meanwhile, the island's only bus company Pacific Transport Limited has closed services to the area until further notice.

Company manager Prakash Sami said bus services had not been restored fully to the Bouma-Lavena area.

"I have heard that people have had to rely on low tides to cross the bridge," he said.

"If the tide is high, people have to swim and find options of reaching either Bouma or Lavena.

"However, repair works are underway on the bridge and people are eagerly awaiting its completion."





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