Bridge to benefit commuters

THE opening of the $160,000 Derrick Bridge last week marked the final phase of the Baker Memorial Church project.

The bridge at the Davuilevu Theological College in Nausori will benefit daily commuters.

It serves as the link to the Kings Rd for the Baker Memorial Church, Methodist Lay Training Centre and Young People’s Department.

The bridge was opened by the Methodist Church in Fiji president Reverend Tevita Banivanua on Thursday.

Methodist Church secretary communication and overseas mission Reverend James Bhagwan said it was a significant development for the college.

“The construction of a new bridge at Davuilevu was the final part of the refurbishment of the Baker Memorial Church project. The ground-breaking ceremony, marking the beginning of construction for the bridge took place in July 2015,” Mr Bhagwan said.

He thanked the donors for the project.

“The cost of the bridge was $US87,000 and was donated by the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church in the US.”

The work was undertaken by Pacific Building Solutions.

The Derrick Bridge is named after founder and principal of the Davuilevu Technical School, R.A. Derrick.

Mr Derrick was later asked to set up the government technical school at Samabula in Suva known as the Derrick Technical Institute and it was later renamed the Fiji Institute of Technology — now part of the Fiji National University.

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