Bid to improve pedestrian access, safety

The Fiji Road Authority says the recent completion of the Kalabu Bridge walkway will improve safety and access for pedestrians. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE new Kalabu Bridge walkway will improve safety and access for people that were previously required to cross on the bridge deck.

This was the word from Fiji Roads Authority general manager- Central Aram Goes after the recent completion of the walkaway which took over four weeks.

Reiterating their commitment to public safety both on and off the roads, Mr Goes said the works included formation and setting of abutment foundations, installation of steel beams, timber decking with secure safety handrails.

“Transportation studies conducted by the Ministry of Transport has found that 70 percent of people’s movement in Fiji are still on foot” said Mr Goes in a statement.

“In response to this, the FRA has an extensive Footpath Program for 2018/2019 across Viti Levu and Vanua Levu including Adi Lady Davila Rd, Wainibuku Rd, Savusavu Town and Ba Town Roads just to name a few.”

As well as these footpath projects, Mr Goes said the FRA was always looking to include new footpaths in many of the road upgrade projects where this has safety benefits.

Mr Goes explained the current upgrade work in progress on Queens Road, by the Navua Hospital, will see provision of new footpaths and designated safe pedestrian crossing points.

“These works will involve reconstruction of the aged and deteriorated road pavements with new gravel layers, cement stabilisation and new seal. The project includes widening near the Navua Hospital entrance for a right turn bay, improving the safe access into the Hospital and no obstructions for traffic passing along Queens Road.

In addition, the FRA is lighting up Fiji with new streetlight installations across the nation, giving further safety and security to the people of Fiji.

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