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Kasavu landslide needs long term solution

December 24, 2016 7:15 pm

There is no easy fix to the landslide that occurred at the Kasavu/Baulevu Junction Road on the Kings Highway almost a week ago.

Fiji Roads Authority chief executive, John Hutchinson says this is significant damage which needs proper inspection.

The road is a critical link for thousands of people and Hutchinson says the landslide that occurred due to continuous heavy rain could become worse and result in the full close of the road.

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“We are aware of the impact of that this has, right now the road is limited to light vehicles traffic only up to five tonnes and that is to enable small RSL vehicles to cross however, passengers must disembark and walk across.”

Hutchinson says the FRA has started work on an alternative access through the Bautikina Road down to Mara Road in Raralevu.

“With the prevailing ground conditions and the need to upgrade that, that won’t be suitable for light vehicles, traffic probably until the end of next week. One of our major problems there is getting access to gravel. Unfortunately most of the quarries are under water and those that aren’t under water have closed for the Christmas period.”

There were three hundred and eighty-six separate road closures incidences between 18th and 22nd December – some of these roads are still inaccessible.

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