Suva Arterial Road Upgrade
Spanning 17km, the Suva arterial road upgrade will transform urban collector roads and arterial roads. The project will reduce safety risks across the transport infrastructure system, including roads, bridges, jetties, and wharves. A key element of the brief was to embed climate resilience into the design.

The primary scope of this project is to reconstruct the road pavements for a 25-year design life in a friendly urban environment. The project is being delivered by the Fiji Roads Authority on behalf of the Government of Fiji in partnership with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Design works were completed in 2021,


The Suva arterial road upgrade has been designed to meet international safety standards and provide a blueprint on how to deliver improved urban infrastructure in Fiji.


SMEC compiled an international team of experts from Fiji, Malaysia, Australia and the Philippines. The team is delivering all services associated with road design including alignment, pavements, drainage, electrical, signalling, civil infrastructure, water management and telecommunications.


Small innovative solutions were adopted to develop an affordable design that met client expectations. Overhead utilities will be moved underground to provide protection from high winds, along with cycle facilities being introduced to promote alternative transport options. The design incorporates upgrades to support impaired residents and make Suva a more accessible city. The width of the footpaths was extended to 2m wide with access ramps, raised crossings for pedestrians and improved bus stop facilities.


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