In our care we have over 1200 bridges on our road network. Bridges connect roads and are a critical part on the road network.
Like roads, bridges age and they also require a programme of regular maintenance.
Since Fiji Roads Authority’s 2013 existence a total of 52 bridges have been replaced and hundreds continue to receive repairs until they get replaced.
Bailey Bridges provide relief on the road network when faced with challenging bridge conditions.
FRA is investigating the use of bailey bridges as a long term solution for a number of bridge replacements as they offer a low cost, effective and robust bridging solution, that if well maintained will last for many years.
The Vatuwaqa Bridge is a good example of a Bailey bridge that has been in place for years providing continued access to motorists.
Likewise in September 2016, FRA contractors installed a Bailey bridge alongside the Vugalei Bridge, which sits on Kings Road. FRA’s priority is to keep the major arterial roads, especially the Queens and Kings Roads open at all times.
FRA currently has limited stock of these Bailey bridges and we are looking to procure additional stock as it is a necessary alternative when working to keep our main roads open.