Traffic jams on major Suva bridge
FRA slams overloaded trucks, says restriction needed to allow for urgent repairs
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.”
Heavy traffic at the Queens Road approaching the Tamavua-i-Wai bridge that links Suva to Delainavesi and Lami.
The Tamavua-i-Wai bridge.