Fiji Four long bridges project
An efficient, reliable and safe transport network is essential to the liveability and economic success of every community. Roads facilitate the movement of people and goods between businesses and local and international markets, and enable people to get to jobs, education and health facilities. And perhaps most importantly – they connect communities.
Stronger community connections was a key outcome of the Four Long Bridges contract. We replaced four deteriorating timber road bridges (three on the main island Viti Levu, and the fourth on the smaller Vanua Levu) with modern concrete structures, creating safer, more resilient connections between villages and access to essential services.
The new bridges separate pedestrians from traffic, dramatically improving safety and are much more resistant to both flooding and earthquakes. To maximise efficiency, we constructed three of the four bridges using the same method - bottom driven piles with precast beams. The fourth bridge is similar but founded on piles anchored into basalt rock. We produced the precast bridge beams on our retro-fitted pre-casting bed in Suva, using locally sourced concrete.
Sugar cane is a primary industry in Fiji, and major contributor to the economy. We established our construction programme around a break in the sugar cane crushing season from December to June, as two of the bridges also serve as cane train routes.
We established our construction programme around a break in the sugar cane crushing season from December to June, as two of the bridges also serve as cane train routes.
Engaging people from the local villages was a key priority, so we employed and trained local people to work on the project. Skills gained helped team members to secure ongoing employment.