Savaii infrastructure works nearing completion
The construction of a new Aopo Culvert in Savaii is expected to be completed later this month, the Land and Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has confirmed.
The L.T.A.’s Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Ta'atialeoitiiti A. Tutuvanu-Schwalger, told the Samoa Observer that the project is funded by the World Bank under its Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience.
"The construction cost is SAT$716,264.35 and is being carried out by Apia Lua Construction Ltd.,” she said.
“[It is] funded by World Bank through their Pilot Program for Climate Resilience to enhance climate resilience within the communities and districts, as well as the Government of Samoa."
If projects continue to maintain their schedules, the Aopo Culvert will be one of several infrastructure additions in Savaii, expected to be completed or commenced this yea and dedicated to improving transport and environmental safety.
Another is the Mali'oli'o bridge at Samalaeulu, which is expected to reach completion by December.
The Mali'oli'o bridge is a $7.5 million project and is funded by a grant from the World Bank and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), to restore key road sector assets damaged by extreme weather events, and to enhance the climate resilience of critical roads and bridges in the country.
Galumalemana also confirmed that they are looking at commencing the work for the Lano Bridge next year.
Aside from the Mali'oli'o river, the Lano river is also one of the most dangerous rivers to cross in Savaii during bad weather or when the river banks break.
Two lives were lost in 2012 when a bus that was carrying more than 40 passengers tried to cross to the other side of the island.
Other passengers were injured. The river continues to burst its banks during the rainy season.
Galumalemana said :" We are preparing to procure a consultancy firm to undertake site investigations, design and supervision.
"We aim to finalise the detailed design some time next year and will then commence procurement for a contractor to carry out the works."