Works on Tamavua-i-wai Bridge begin

Tamavua-i-wai bridge. Picture: FILE

WORKS on replacing the Tamavua-i-wai Bridge has begun.

Confirming this, Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said they had awarded the contract to China Railway 14th Group, the same contractor that worked on the Vatuwaqa Bridge and Stinson Bridge.

Mr Moore said the contractor was currently mobilising the site and had started the design work to prepare for the ground works.

He adds that the plan was still to have the bridge replaced within the next 12 months.

He stressed that in the meantime the probation on loading still remains on the bridge.

The weight lane restrictions are as follows:

· 20 tonne – daytime from 5am to 8pm daily; and

· 32 tonne – single lane only during night time from 8m to 5am daily.

“Over the past two months we have had many inspections and have carried out considerable amount of support work to the other side of the bridge to make sure it’s stable for the duration of the construction period,” said Mr Moore.