Co­geloa bridge opens

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The Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity (FRA) is happy to an­nounce that the Co­geloa Bridge in Labasa is now com­pleted five months ahead of sched­ule and is open to pub­lic. The com­mence­ment date was April 20, 2016 and the com­ple­tion date was Septem­ber 20, 2016. FRA Programme Man­ager for Bridges and Jet­ties, Nixon Tore­m­ana says the 59.5 me­tres bridge was ini­tially aimed to be com­pleted by Fe­bru­ary 2017 but they were five months ahead of sched­ule. “The Co­geloa Bridge was one of the pri­or­ity bridges iden­ti­fied by FRA need­ing im­me­di­ate re­place­ment,” Mr Tore­m­ana said. “We had to de­mol­ish the orig­i­nal bridge be­cause it was un­safe for ve­hi­cle and pub­lic use due to the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing condition of the bridge su­per­struc­ture and re­place it with a new bridge.” He said the new bridge would bring great re­lief to the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially to school chil­dren and sug­ar­cane farm­ers. “The Co­geloa Bridge has been trans­formed from a sin­gle-lane bridge to a struc­ture with in­creased ca­pac­ity, which can sup­port the sin­gle-lane traf­fic, a railway cross­ing line as well as a pedes­trian path­way,” Mr Tore­m­ana said. Mr Tore­m­ana said the nearby com­mu­ni­ties would now also have safer and much bet­ter ac­cess to health, school, mar­kets and other fa­cil­i­ties. Source: Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity

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