Author­ity Con­tin­ues To Re­new, Pro­tect Roads

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Fiji Roads Author­ity (FRA) has com­menced a num­ber of road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion projects in the Cen­tral, Western and North­ern Di­vi­sions.

They are as fol­lows:

CEN­TRAL DI­VI­SION

Glad­stone Road Kavika Road Marou Road

Moli Road Queen El­iz­a­beth Drive Vudi Street Vuivui Road

WESTERN DI­VI­SION

Koula Road Mart­in­tar Road Royal Palm Road Sukani­valu Road Veis­ari Road Vak­ab­uli Road Vu­nis­i­bitu Road

NORTH­ERN DI­VI­SION

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.

Photo: Fiji Roads Author­ity

Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work in progress at Glad­stone Road in Suva.

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