FRA to repair two footbridges in Nasinu
January 26, 2018 3:00 am
The Fiji Roads Authority will urgently repair two footbridges in Muanikoso and Dibulu in Narere, Nasinu from tomorrow.
Chief Executive Jonathan Moore says these two crossings are not FRA assets and are old pipe-bridges which were converted by locals into footbridges due to the convenience of available access.
The FRA has arranged for upgrading of these footbridges by re-decking with new timber and bracing boards.
Moore says this will include a rope guide rail to assist elderly and safety for children.
He says work on the footbridges will take two days to complete with the first footbridge Muanikoso approximately 30m long and the second footbridge Dibulu slightly over 100m.
The public are advised that both the footbridges will be temporarily closed off and boats will be arranged to transfer pedestrians during the repair period.
Moore has also clarified that these structures had originated as a community initiative and will remain a community asset and not a formal FRA asset.
He adds if there’s any formal handover process, thereafter any new ownership will include future plans for ongoing maintenance and future full replacement accordingly.
Moore says such community assets are normally considered the responsibility of the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, who will be approached for formal future ownership.