Tuaefu Bridge under repair

By Soli Wilson 21 February 2020, 7:18PM

The Tuaefu Bridge in undergoing repairs and is partially closed, the Land Transport Authority has advised.

The L.T.A. issued a public statement on their social media page notifying the general public of the road and bridge repair works being carried out, which has left one of two lanes closed. 

Motorists and pedestrians are advised to take alternative routes to facilitate smooth progress.

The L.T.A. has also advised general public to adhere to traffic management when travelling at all times for the safety of all travelers.

The bridge repair works have been underway since Friday, February 14, and the partial closure will continue until further notice.

The Tuaefu bridge serves as a link between Aleisa, Tapatapao, Tanumapua, Siusega and Ululoloa. 

The bridge that was constructed by CARE Construction Company and is a replacement of one of the longest German landmarks in Samoa.

The bridge, originally built when the Germans governed Samoa, was dismantled in 2000.

The capacity weight of the old bridge was 4 tonnes; it was composed of metal bars supporting both the weight of the bridge and a wooden deck.

Separately, the 67-year-old Vaisigano Bridge will be demolished in a few months after the completion of work on a new and improved bridge.

The construction has temporarily closed off sections of the road leading up to Vaisigano to allow more space for the work to proceed.

Currently, a roundabout is being constructed making a three way road connecting Matautu Uta, Matautu Tai and the road from the bridge. The bridge road will only be two lanes.

The new bridge is 1.5 metres higher than and 20 metres downstream from the previous model. 

By Soli Wilson 21 February 2020, 7:18PM

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