July 18, 2013

$12.09m upgrade spending

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, July 18, 2013

THE China Railway First Group Fiji has completed roadworks worth $12.09million along the Dreketi-Nabouwalu Highway

Group spokesman Donald Singh said the work bill so far was 5.3 per cent of the total amount of the project.

"The costing covers the removal of around 2378 trees, the removal of around 109 metres of existing pipes along the highway, grubbing work for 723,0000 square metres and common excavation works for 445,000 square metres of land," he said.

"We have already installed around 105 new pipe culverts along the highway and completed the geological report and foundation design on two temporary bridges for traffic.

"CRFG is proud to be involved in the highway renovation project which is the biggest undertaking yet in terms of a single project cost."

Mr Singh said they realised the challenge that lay ahead from day one and that it was not an easy feat given the terrain and adverse conditions the highway was known for.

"The massive project will no doubt ease transportation in Vanua Levu and this road will become a reliable link for the Northerners and the rest of Fiji."

Group project manager Peijun Lei said the only difficulties they faced at the project site was adverse weather and that the wet weather delayed construction work.

"In addition the scarcity of quality construction materials affects construction works too," he said.

"We reaffirm to the Fijian people that the new Nabouwalu-Dreketi highway will be finished in due time."

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