Editorial comment – Can we fix those bumps as well

FRA workers patching the road at Laucala Beach on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Picture: RAMA

YOU’VE got to travel on roads in and around the Capital City to understand what regular commuters are on about.

If the roads are not damaging motor vehicles, they most probably would be telling on bodies.

As workers of the Fiji Roads Authority continued their work last week, patching up potholes on streets leading into the capital, they were leaving behind bumps!

So if drivers weren’t dropping into potholes, they were hitting bumps on roads, on their way into and out of the city centre.

Right now, vehicle owners are expected to bear the cost of car repairs caused by potholes.

There are obviously ways a driver is expected to drive, to minimise vehicle damage.

It’ll be interesting though trying to figure that out with the horrific state of some of the roads in the capital for starters.

Try the stretch along Nabua for instance, or parts of Queen Elizabeth Drive, parts of Milverton Rd, parts of Waimanu Rd, parts of Fletcher Rd and parts of Karsanji St, then on to the stretch from the Bailey Bridge to the roundabout at Laucala Beach Estate.

We’ve said this before, the portion along the Nabua centre is worse than gravelled road, with the cover jobs on potholes adding to rattles and bumps in vehicles.

We have a challenge that isn’t going to be easy to fix right now.

It is encouraging that the FRA has put together a plan though.

We have been told by them that we may not see wholesale improvements for four to five years.

It says the truth is that there is no practical rapid solution.

There will be local improvement, and the FRA will be identifying the most severely damaged areas and working on their rehabilitation first, but large-scale improvement will not be seen until these first of the major rehabilitation projects are complete (three years from now), it said in a statement.

Until then the FRA will continue to repair and maintain accessibility.

We realise we are not alone as well when it comes to potholes.

The Times of India for instance labelled potholes as deadlier than terror attacks.

Potholes, it stated in a report last year, claimed almost 10 lives daily.

On the home front, rain and heavy usage of some of our connecting roads are obviously causing some damage.

Frustrated drivers are still travelling on them, bearing the daily rattles and jolts.

There’s no other choice and no alternative route.

The challenge continues to fall on the powers that be to find a better way to handle this bumpy issue, and reassure commuters who are trying their best to be patient.

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