Naitasiri’s Savu 1, Savu 6 bridges open for public

Public ad­vised to drive with care across bridges

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The re­con­struc­tion of the Savu 1 and Savu 6 bridges in Naitasiri is now com­plete and the bridges are open for public use. Fiji Roads Author­ity (FRA) gen­eral man­ager Net­work Op­er­a­tions and Main­te­nance Aram Goes said these projects were far more com­pli­cated than sim­ply re­pair­ing the beams and deck. Both con­struc­tion projects en­coun­tered chal­lenges rang­ing from mis­aligned piles to poorly founded abut­ments, all adding to the re­con­struc­tion time­frame. “Both the orig­i­nal bridges were in poor con­di­tion as the bridge deck­ings were very old and poorly con­structed, com­pro­mis­ing the struc­tural in­tegrity to sup­port both light and heavy ve­hi­cles,” Mr Goes said. “The wooden bridge struc­tures were also dam­aged be­cause of over­load­ing. We in­vest mil­lions of dol­lars on our road as­sets for the public to travel safely and smoothly and it is dis­ap­point­ing to see that truck op­er­a­tors con­tinue to over­load on our roads. “FRA con­trac­tors work hard and af­ter such a great ef­fort. To have some­one de­lib­er­ately dam­age the road as­sets is un­ac­cept­able.

“FRA is ad­vis­ing the public to drive care­fully across the bridge as per the posted speed lim­its and com­ply with any weight re­stric­tions placed on these bridges.” These new-look bridges are ex­pected to ben­e­fit more than 400 peo­ple be­cause they will now have safer and much bet­ter ac­cess to health cen­tres, schools, mar­kets and other fa­cil­i­ties. Mr Goes would like thanked the peo­ple of Naitasiri for their pa­tience and sup­port dur­ing the re­con­struc­tion pe­riod when the FRA was only able to pro­vide pedes­trian traf­fic ac­cess.

The to­tal cost of both the bridges is $486,017. Source: Fiji Roads Author­ity

Photo: Fiji Roads Author­ity

Be­fore and af­ter: The old Savu 6 Bridge in Naitasiri (left), and the new Savu 6 Bridge in Naitasiri.

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