Authority Continues To Renew, Protect Roads
Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) has commenced a number of road rehabilitation projects in the Central, Western and Northern Divisions.
They are as follows:
Gladstone Road Kavika Road Marou Road
Moli Road Queen Elizabeth Drive Vudi Street Vuivui Road
Koula Road Martintar Road Royal Palm Road Sukanivalu Road Veisari Road Vakabuli Road Vunisibitu Road
Gaj Raj Street Nabouwalu Road Nakama Road Nakelikoso Road Namoli Road Natewa West Coast Road Transinsular Road
FRA general manager Network Operations and Maintenance Aram Goes said the road rehabilitation works have been planned to protect the roads before the upcoming wet season, giving more reliable public transport access and improving the overall quality of roads.
“Whilst the FRA is actively reconstructing the aged and deteriorated parts of the network, we must also continue to protect and reseal the roads that are still in reasonable condition otherwise, even these existing good roads will fall apart very quickly and need much more expensive reconstruction,” Mr Goes said.
He said maintaining waterproofing of existing seals is an essential requirement to protect and preserve the assets. “Once the roads undergo rehabilitation, the lifespan is increased up to as much as 20 year design life, however, this can be dependent on some major factors like overloading, adverse weather conditions and so forth.”
Mr Goes said the newly constructed sealed roads also required a follow-up second coat of tarseal within 9-12 months, as the first coat seal alone does not provide sufficient protection, particularly in these high rainfall conditions combined with heavy vehicle overloading.
Rehabilitation work in progress at Gladstone Road in Suva.