After months of having to put up with the dirt and the dust, businesses at Savalalo are rejoicing.
The purpose for the celebration is the fact that their road has been tar sealed, signaling the end of days of suffering and pain.
The road in question starts from the MacDonald Building heading towards the traffic lights at the Fugalei Market.
Until last week, the road was in a horrible state no thanks to drainage work being done in the area by Ulia Construction, which took months.
Yesterday, the Manager of the 7/24 shop at Savalalo, Lepoi Falevalu, was a happy woman.
“I’m just happy that the days of eating dust are over,” she said. “We are so grateful that the construction of the road is now completed.”
For the past months when the road was in a bad state, Lepoi said she lost a lot of customers.
“That’s because the road was always blocked, there were long queues not to mention the dust and dirt during heavy rain, but now everything is back to normal and to be honest, the new road is a very nice way to avoid the bad traffic here.”
Employees of the T & N Toleafoa Gas Station share Lepoi’s excitement.
“We’ve been suffering from the dust coming from this road for a long time now,” said Poufa Maeli. “It got to the point where we all had to cover our mouths and noses because it was too dusty.”
He added that they also lost a lot of customers because of the dust.
“We’ve lost a lot of money and customers while they were building the road. I know because we started losing a lot of money because it took them a while to reconstruct the road.
“We knew that most of our customers went to other gas stations because it was always dusty here. So we want to congratulate all the hard working men who worked very hard to complete this project.” It was not possible to get a comment from the Land Transport Authority about the road.
But the Samoa Observer understands that the road was done by Ott Construction. Ulia Construction carried out the drainage work.