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Logging operators blamed for poor roads

Luisa Qiolevu
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

THE Fiji Roads Authority has blamed logging operators for the poor road conditions at Naividamu, Seaqaqa.

FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said the matter had been reported to the Ministry of Forests as the loggers have allegedly breached their permit conditions for cutting logs during wet weather.

"Fiji Roads and its contractors are aware of the current road conditions on Naividamu in Seaqaqa," he said in a statement.

"That has been caused by logging operators carting logs on these roads and worsening road conditions." Mr Moore said they tried to restore emergency access for the buses.

"In the long term we have major gravel layers programmed along with drainage works on approximately 10km of this 30km route," he said.

"This is more likely to start from August 2018 in readiness for the following wet season."

Mr Moore said similar major unsealed road upgrade of 34km is currently in progress between Nabouwalu and Kubulau.

"This is to connect bus services through to Wailevu West Rd," he said.

"This 34km of gravel strengthening includes a total of 6km of sealing in front of schools, health centres and villages along this route together with sealing of several steep inclines for improved traction."

Members of the public are requested to contact LTA, the police or FRA on 5720 if they see overloaded vehicles or carting loads on gravel roads during wet weather.

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