BIG FIX WORKS GO ON

FIJI ROADS AUTHOR­ITY MAK­ING PROGRESS IN CAP­I­TAL We want to pro­gres­sively re­duce the num­ber of pot­hole re­pairs un­der­taken by re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing and re­seal­ing roads; we are also chang­ing the method­ol­ogy to pro­vide patch re­pairs: FRA CEO

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Fiji Roads Author­ity (FRA) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jonathan Moore has con­firmed that the author­ity is pro­gress­ing well to­wards com­plet­ing road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion works on var­i­ous sec­tions in the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion.

“We want to pro­gres­sively re­duce the num­ber of pot­hole re­pairs un­der­taken by re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing and re­seal­ing roads; we are also chang­ing the method­ol­ogy to pro­vide patch re­pairs (as op­posed to in­di­vid­ual pot­hole re­pairs) that have more struc­tural in­tegrity, and there­fore more re­silience,” he said.

“There comes a point in time when we can’t do pot­hole re­pairs any­more; and right now, we can­not re­pair cer­tain parts of Princes Road with pot­hole re­pairs, not just Princes Road – there are other roads around Suva that are the same. Those are be­yond pot­hole re­pairs so now we have to re­ha­bil­i­tate those roads. The plan is to do as much re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as pos­si­ble, be­cause re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is proven to work and gives the life of a road around 20-25 years.

“It can take a month to re­ha­bil­i­tate a road – it de­pends on many is­sues such as the un­der­lin­ing con­di­tion of the road prior to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the weather around sta­bil­i­sa­tion and seal­ing as well as the en­vi­ron­ment ad­ja­cent to the site. In the cur­rent case, China Rail­ways 5th Group is not just re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing Ratu Sukuna Road – they are con­cur­rently do­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work on Ratu Sukuna, Princes Road, Fletcher Road, Ratu Mara Road (at Nabua) and Karsanji Street).”

The author­ity has com­pleted one sec­tion on Princes Road, Ratu Sukuna and Fletcher Road.

Works on the Nabua Com­mer­cial Area, Karsanji Street and Nabua By­pass Road are said to be pro­gress­ing well.

Photo: Fiji Roads Author­ity

Work in progress at Ratu Sukuna Road.

Photo: Fiji Roads Author­ity

Work in progress at Fletcher Road, Vatuwaqa.

Photo: Fiji Roads Author­ity

Work in progress at the Nabua Com­mer­cial Area.

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Works in progress at Princes Road, Ta­mavua.

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