Heavy vehicles barred from Loto Samasoni bridge

Heavy vehicles are to be prohibited on the nearly completed bridge connecting Ma'agao and Malifa.

This was confirmed by the Land, Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Ta'atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger.

The Loto Samasoni road and crossing works is 95 per cent completed and is expected to open to the traveling public by next week, the Authority said. 

An exact date is to be confirmed.

"Just a few minor works left to include in the traffic lights and then we should be all good to go," Galumalemana said.

The total cost of the project is $2.6 million tala; it is co-funded by Australia and the government of Samoa.

"The crossing will be open to all types of vehicles but heavy vehicles such as container trucks, concrete trucks, as well as the large dump trucks will be prohibited or not be allowed to cross this road," she said.

"We, L.T.A. have prohibited the heavy vehicles crossing this road, so that we can divert all heavy vehicles to use the Leone bridge as well as Lelata bridge for even distribution of the traffic."

Galumalemana said they aim to continue works form Ma'agao to Fa'atoia as soon as they complete their survey and investigation.

"Before this crossing was constructed, the residents had to go down the river, in order to go on the other side, so it is a benefit to [nearby] residents as well as our travelling public that this crossing has been built," she said. 

The ground breaking ceremony for the project was earlier this year in March and was planned to be completed by July, in time for the Pacific Games, Samoa played host to. 

"We note that we initially aimed to complete the works by the Pacific Games, however as with all our road works, we faced challenges due to utilities relocation as well as unforeseen works we had to carry out," said Galumalemana.

"We are pleased that we are able to complete this work within this year."

She took the opportunity to thank the residents near the project for their assistance and support during the construction of the project.

Galumalemana also assured that the road is safe and will provide a smoother flow of traffic.

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