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Footbridges upgrade

Aqela Susu
Saturday, January 27, 2018

THERE is good news for people of Vunisaleka and Dibulu settlements in Narere, Nasinu who have had to cross two run-down footbridges to get to the main centres for years risking their lives.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has directed the Fiji Roads Authority to upgrade the two bridges, with works expected to begin today.

FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said the two bridges were not FRA's asset and were old pipe-bridges which were converted by locals into footbridges because of the convenience of available access.

"Under the direction of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the FRA has arranged for upgrading of these footbridges by re-decking with new timber and bracing boards.

"This will include a rope guide rail to assist elderly and safety for children," Mr Moore said.

According to the authority, work on the footbridges would take two days to complete.

He confirmed the authority would arrange for a boat to transfer pedestrians during the repair period because both the footbridges would be temporarily closed.

Mr Moore also clarified that since both footbridges were a community initiative, they would remain so.

"If there is a formal (if any) handover process, thereafter, any new ownership would include future plans for ongoing maintenance and future full replacement accordingly."

Two weeks ago, this newspaper highlighted the plight faced by students on their first day of school in having to cross the two footbridges with missing planks, rusted beams and no railings, placing their lives at risk just to get to school daily.

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