FRA to focus on completing the replacement of critical bridges and crossings for the next financial year

FRA to focus on completing the replacement of critical bridges and crossings for the next financial year

By Iva Danford
Saturday 18/07/2020

The Fiji Roads Authority plans to complete the replacement of critical bridges and crossings and undertake major projects like tendering and commencement of rehabilitation of major highway network in the Kings and Queens Roads in the next financial year.

FRA received a $348.9 million allocation in the 2020-2021 national budget with $70 million allocated for road rehabilitation.

With this allocation they have other projects like completion of the three year reseals contract with a total of approximately 220km of infrastructure resealed over the three years.

FRA will also tender and commence works to design 40 critical bridges in Fiji.

A sum of $30 million is provided for rehabilitation, renewals and replacement of roads, while $51.2 million is allocated for the upgrade and replacement of existing bridges and crossings.

$20 million is provided for the upgrade of Queen Elizabeth Drive (Phase 1) which includes the upgrading of the existing bridge in Nasese.

$7.6 million has been allocated for a community programme to improve the quality of roads and enhance pedestrian safety through the construction of footpaths.

People can also expect improved streetlight and traffic signals with an allocation of $7.1 million.

$59.4 million has been provided for the rural roads programme.

$0.7 million is allocated to complete the feasibility study and detailed design of Labasa bypass road - Stage 1 and 2.

Meanwhile, the Transport Infrastructure Investment Sector Project is financed through Asian Development Bank and World Bank loans of US$100 million and US$50 million respectively, supplementing the Government investment.

It aims to rehabilitate roads, bridges and jetties to achieve climate-resilient transport infrastructure, more efficient project management support and effective institutional management.

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