Vu­galei Bai­ley Bridge In­stalled

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Atem­po­rary Bai­ley bridge, ap­prox­i­mately 40 me­tres in length, has been launched ad­ja­cent to the ex­ist­ing Vu­galei bridge lo­cated along the Kings Road to­wards Tailevu. The ex­ist­ing bridge struc­ture went through emer­gency re­pairs in early July. The Bai­ley bridge, which was as­sem­bled by Fiji Roads Author­ity (FRA) con­trac­tors, Ful­ton Ho­gan Hi­ways (FHH), “will act as a di­ver­sion while the ex­ist­ing bridge deck will be de­mol­ished and re­con­structed,” said FHH spe­cial projects man­ager, Ed­die De Vries.

FRA will even­tu­ally re­place the ex­ist­ing struc­ture. A Bai­ley bridge is a tem­po­rary steel struc­ture that is made up of a num­ber of com­po­nents and is as­sem­bled al­most like a Me­cano set. The Bai­ley bridge will be used to al­low safe travel over the Vu­galei River be­fore a per­ma­nent bridge is in­tro­duced. “The Bai­ley bridge was launched in sec­tions and the first launch was on the first of Septem­ber when we moved the bridge across 10 me­ters,” Mr De Vries ex­plained. “We as­sem­bled the bridge on an ad­ja­cent bank and then launched the Bai­ley bridge in seg­ments over the river. A new deck will then be built on the old bridge,” he said. New road ap­proaches to the Bai­ley While there are no per­ma­nent traf­fic re­stric­tions lead­ing up to and over the Bai­ley bridge, Mr De Vries added that it is “al­ways ad­vis­able to drive with caution when tem­po­rary traf­fic signs are present and when ap­proach­ing work sites.” Source: Ful­ton Ho­gan Hi­h­ways

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