Close to 5000 community members living in Raralevu, Namata, Naduru, Korociriciri and Vusuya will benefit from the new Waidamu bridge that was officially opened by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday afternoon.

The $3.8million fully-funded Government project will greatly improve accessibility for those communities living in these areas.

It will also provide safer passage since the area is always prone to flooding.

Sixty-two year old Urmila Lata of Korociriciri settlement has commended Government for providing her with better and safer accessibility following the construction of the new Waidamu bridge.

“During the 33 years I have been living here, we have experienced a lot of challenges especially with the old bridge, when it floods we are not able to cross the bridge.

Accidents have happened in the past but we are thankful for this two-lane bridge that will provide better accessibility for residents of this area.”

The bridge which cost almost $4 million will benefit close to 5000 Fijians living in Raralevu, Namata, Vusuya, Maumi and Korociriciri.Prime Minister Bainimarama said the Fijian Government is creating better transportation networks that free Fijians to do business, to go to school, and to travel safely while they take care of the things that must be done every day and every week.

“We are not just defending ourselves against a more threatening climate, we are also giving the Fijian people the kind of infrastructure they deserve and need.”

With a new piece in place for a modern, efficient and resilient infrastructure that serves the entire country, Prime Minister Bainimarama added this is one of several bridges Government is building and is part of a resilient road network.

Government is currently building or will soon begin building nine more bridges at a cost of nearly $52million.

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