Naitasiri’s Savu 1, Savu 6 bridges open for public
Public advised to drive with care across bridges
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
Before and after: The old Savu 6 Bridge in Naitasiri (left), and the new Savu 6 Bridge in Naitasiri.