Pot­holes on Our Roads Be­yond Re­pair: Moore

Fiji Sun - - NATION - ILAIJIA RAVUWAI Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra Feed­back: ilaijia.ravuwai@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity (FRA) says Fiji’s roads are filled with huge pot­holes that are be­yond re­pair. Just how bad the cur­rent state is, the au­thor­ity said these roads would need to be re­ha­bil­i­tated com­pletely - mean­ing that they would need to con­struct new ones over the ex­ist­ing roads.

FRA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jonathan

Moore, con­firmed this yes­ter­day.

Mr Moore said be­cause of the con­stant rain in the past few weeks; teams had not been able to go out to the var­i­ous sites to fix the roads.

He was adamant that re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion would be­gin soon, how­ever, bud­get con­straints re­mains a set­back for the au­thor­ity.

Mr Moore added that $80mil­li­ion of their bud­get was re­turned to Govern­ment to help with the COVID-19 cri­sis.

“The roads that are al­ready dam­aged with cracks, the wa­ter gets in and it gets even worse,” Mr Moore said.

“Now a per­fect ex­am­ple is the road be­tween Tacirua un­til the Aus­tralian Em­bassy round­about, there are at least four or five lo­ca­tions along Princes Road that are re­ally bad and are re­ally in need of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work be­cause pot­hole re­pairs can­not be done.

Mr Moore said roads along Ratu Mara Road, Nabua, Princes Road, along the Suva area and other parts around the coun­try would need to be re­ha­bil­i­tated.

“We had this dis­cus­sion two years ago and dis­cus­sion on the plans to be­gin the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works, we have man­aged to do some that we could but be­cause of the bud­getary con­straints we were able to com­plete them. “These roads are be­yond re­pairs and these roads are badly dam­aged, it would only last weeks if we do pot­hole re­pairs, but if we re­ha­bil­i­tated these roads, the life span of these roads will be 20 to 25 years.”

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

Fiji Roads Au­thor­ity sub­con­trac­tors mend pot­holes along Nas­inu Road on May 11, 2020.

Pot­holes on the road along Kasanji Street and Jai Hanu­man Street in Vatuwaqa.

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