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Fiji Road Upgrade Programme
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Designer: Roughton International
Customer: Fijian Government
Product: Aluminium Multiplate and Culverts

One of four flat decks recently shipped to Fiji for Stage 3 of the Fiji Road Upgrade Programme
"We have a good relationship with CSP Pacific - we always have done. They are very helpful and really add value through their design and technical expertise - from estimates for tenders through to the final supply of the product."
Ian Archer, Roughton International
The Project

The Fiji Road Upgrade Programme (FRUP) has been underway for over 14 years and has involved works on three of the Fijian islands - Viti Levu (the main island), Vanua Levu and Taveuni. Stage 3 is currently underway and likely to continue for the next 2 to 3 years, involving construction, maintenance and upgrade of key roads on the islands. The first two stages of FRUP on Viti Levu were completed in the mid 1990s - the programme has focused on completing the Kings Road (around the eastern side of the island).

Before the upgrade programme began, the roads were unsealed and unwelcoming. This obviously had an impact on tourism and trade for the islands and posed a danger to local residents and visitors alike. With investment and interest in Fiji growing, the government realised the need to upgrade their access routes and sought investment in the FRUP. To date the staged project has cost in excess of $600 million Fijian dollars, spanned several hundred kilometres of road and involved a range of works - from construction of new roads to the maintenance and upgrade of existing roads.

CSP's Product and Design Service

CSP Pacific's role in Stage 3 (and previous stages) of the FRUP has been to provide a variety of products - aluminium culverts and Multiplate structures, Flexrail safety barriers, bridge handrails, an underpass and the largest steel Multiplate structure CSP Pacific has ever manufactured. In addition, Roughton International have worked closely with CSP Pacific, utilising CSP Pacific's high level of technical and design support right from tendering for each stage of the programme. CSP Pacific have also worked directly with the Public Works Department of Fiji to supply products to the programme.

The Right Solution

In most cases, the aluminium products supplied by CSP Pacific are for major culverts - carrying large streams and water run-off under the newly constructed roads where the alternatives would have been a bridge or concrete structure. The advantages of using aluminium products in the programme are numerous. The durability of aluminium means the products have a life expectancy of 80 to 100 years. In addition, with the aluminium multiplates and culverts weighing substantially less than equivalent steel or concrete structures, freighting costs are minimised as is the requirement for heavy lifting equipment during installation. In Fiji, this is an important consideration given installation is generally performed using man-power rather than sophisticated machinery and the majority of the installation sites are in remote areas with no electricity and no concrete plant. 


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