Traf­fic jams on ma­jor Suva bridge

FRA slams over­loaded trucks, says re­stric­tion needed to al­low for ur­gent re­pairs

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - VILIMONI VAGANALAU SUVA Edited by Ne­mani Delaibatiki Feed­back: vilimoni.vaganalau@fi­jisun.com.fj

Long queues of ve­hi­cles be­gan build­ing last night af­ter the Ta­mavua-i-Wai Bridge, on Queens Road was open to one lane for ur­gent re­pairs. There were traf­fic jams on the Lami and Suva end of the bridge.

Traf­fic had also slowed at the Reser­voir Rd-Queens Rd junc­tion. Some pas­sen­gers on a bus head­ing to Lami got off at the Suva end of the bridge and started walk­ing. The Fiji Roads Author­ity (FRA) said: “This re­stric­tion to one lane of traf­fic over Ta­mavua-i-Wai Bridge is ur­gent and nec­es­sary while struc­tural engi­neers work to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the dam­age to the bridge. “At present, FRA con­firms that 1 of the bridge beams has suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant dam­age. It is ex­pected that a re­pair will take a few days. This time­line will be con­firmed within the next 24 hours. “The pri­or­ity for FRA is to en­sure safe jour­neys across the bridge there­fore in the in­terim, mem­bers of the public are ad­vised to ex­pect de­lays to travel time through the area. We urge peo­ple to avoid us­ing the route in peak hours if pos­si­ble, use lo­cal shops and fa­cil­i­ties in Lami to avoid hav­ing to cross the bridge. “Most im­por­tant of all we ask trucks not to over­load. This route has some of the most over­loaded trucks in the coun­try and they are de­stroy­ing the roads and bridges. “FRA is op­ti­mistic that the two lanes can open up again in un­der a week and our engi­neers will be work­ing around the clock to make this hap­pen. In ad­di­tion, FRA may also im­pose weight/and or speed re­stric­tions. “In the medium term, FRA is not rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­ity of erect­ing a bai­ley bridge at the site, how­ever this and a few more op­tions will be de­cided over the next few days.”

Mean­while, FRA is ad­vis­ing the public es­pe­cially trav­ellers along Naduru Road in Nau­sori that the Naduru bridge will be closed for re­pairs at 10 pm Au­gust 29 and will re­open at 6am on Au­gust 30. “This is a planned clo­sure that will al­low our crew on ground to carry out re­pairs to the bridge deck. Mo­torists are ad­vised to use al­ter­na­tive routes in the area and we ask for the public’s un­der­stand­ing, as this clo­sure may bring about a short term in­con­ve­nience,” said FRA.

“For fur­ther de­tails on this bridge clo­sure please con­tact Fiji Roads Author­ity on 5720.”

Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Heavy traf­fic at the Queens Road ap­proach­ing the Ta­mavua-i-Wai bridge that links Suva to De­lainavesi and Lami.

Photo: Fiji Roads Author­ity

The Ta­mavua-i-Wai bridge.

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