Govt. responds by fixing road

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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LET THE WORK BEGIN: The resealing of the road has started from Vaoala towards Tanugamanono.

LET THE WORK BEGIN: The resealing of the road has started from Vaoala towards Tanugamanono. (Photo: L.T.A.)

The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has delivered on their promise to fix the Cross Island Road.

The stretch of the road from Tanugamanono to Vaoala was recently labeled as one of the worst roads in Samoa.

But that will soon no longer be the case.

Last week, the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) issued a notice advising the public about the project to reseal the road, being carried out from Tanugamanono to Vaoala. 

“The works will be carried out for the next three months". 

“For this reason, we advise the public to take extra precautions when travelling along this route and to utilise the traffic management procedures on site.” 

Last month, the Government was criticised by members of the public including General Manager of Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Margaret Silva. 

She told the Sunday Samoan that for the 15 years she’s worked at the museum, she has seen the condition of the road deteriorate. 

“It has caused many problems for the residents who live in this area. It affects the business people, their clients and people working in the Vailima area, including vehicle owners,” Ms. Silva said.

 “Two years ago, the Land Transportation Authority (L.T.A.) came here to do a survey and still there has been no progress made with this road." 

In response, Papali’i assured the work would start this month. 

He said at the time, there are Government processes they go through to assure that once they start working on this project, there are no hurdles.  

Papali’i said, "Cabinet has already approved the resurfacing of the Cross Island Road but then again, like everything, there is a process put in place that everyone adheres to such as surveys, financials, engineers, getting the contractors, the bidding process and these things take time." 

 “It cannot be done overnight.”

Papali’i told the Sunday Samoan during an interview over the phone, this project has been in the works for some time and it takes time. 

“As I have said, the said project is Cabinet approved and currently we are nearing the end of getting the bidders to fix the road.”

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