Family decry unhealthy effects of road project

A family at Aleisa has decried the unhealthy environment being created by a road construction project not far from their home.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Isaia Uisa said the road project had been going on for a while and it is creating an unhealthy environment for his family. 

The Samoa Observer visited the site of the project – which is not far from the family home – and were able to confirm the dilemma that the family faced. 

Mr.  Uisa appealed to motorists to consider the wellbeing of his children and family when using the road, as its continuous use by vehicles is creating a large trail of dust which is making the air unhealthy for his family. 

Rocks were also seen on the road, when this newspaper visited the site Wednesday, but Mr.  Uisa said he does not know who put the rocks despite the act being illegal. 

“Even if I were to know who put those rocks there, I wouldn’t do so because it’s natural for people to feel that way, if the drivers are not aware of other people’s lives and that of their children,” he added.

Mr. Uisa said he has relocated his children for their own safety and good health, until the road project is completed. 

Police officers also went around on Tuesday to investigate who placed the rocks on the road, he added, but they were not able to identify the culprits. 

In his discussions with the Police, Mr. Uisa said they advised a water truck would go around to water the project site to prevent dust from building but that is yet to happen. 

“Our only concern is the health of our children. If it’s impossible to wet the dirt down then I advise the public driving through this area to slow down please as our children are suffering,” he added. 

Attempts by this newspaper to get comments from the Police and the Land Transport Authority were unsuccessful.  

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