West Coast Road's $6 million resurfacing underway
Previously delayed resurfacing work worth $6 million for the West Coast Road between Faleula to Puipa’a is now underway.
Corona virus quarantine measures and the State of Emergency (S.O.E.) lockdown had delayed works, the Chief Executive Officer of the Land Transport Authority, Galumalemana Ta'atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger told the Samoa Observer.
The total West Coast Road upgrade project, from Saina to Malua, is now forecast to be completed by September 2020, according to the Authority.
The Authority says the majority of the West Coast Road project is being helmed by Ott Construction; from Faleula to Puipa’a a joint venture between Silva Transport, Ulia Construction and T&N Toleafoa is overseeing work.
Galuemalemana told the Samoa Observer the project is being funded by the World Bank and the Government.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency our country is in, we are facing challenges with all our current road works including the upgrade works at West Coast Road,” said the C.E.O.
“These include [a] shortage of contractors’ staff turning up due to [the] cessation of bus services [... and] the delay in supply of materials from overseas due to some countries [remaining in] lockdown etc,” said the C.E.O.
The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, confirmed the asphalt phase was approved by the World Bank.
“Everything has to be approved by the World Bank before we proceed with any phases,” Papali’i said.
“The asphalt costs from Salina to Puipa’a [amount to] $1.3million; [from] Malie to Afega $1million tala and [from] Afega to Malua $3.7 million.”
Papali'i said the Faleula to Puipa’a was still awaiting a quote from the joint venture contractors.
“All confirmed costs are from Ott Construction and [were] approved by the World Bank,” he said.
“The asphalt is from Saina all the way to Malua; but [from Tufulele] to Faleolo will be the second phase of the entire project and we have not yet tendered that yet, but it’s coming up,” said the Minister.
Galumalemana told the Samoa Observer the road works are being divided into four tranches.
Both (Lot 1), from Malua to Afega and the second tranche (Lot 2A), from Afega to Faleula, are to be constructed by Ott Constructions.
The project’s third phase, (Lot 2B), from Faleula to Puipa’a, is being led by the joint venture between Silva Transport, Ulia Construction and T&N Toleafoa.
The final tranche, (Lot 2C), from Puipa’a to Saina, is, again, an ott Constructions project.
“The scope of works for all these works packages includes raising the low levels of the road, construction of drainage, construction of space on both sides [... for the] pedestrians, construction of bus bays and bus shelters as well as [the] laying of asphalt,” she said.
“We are working closely with our project teams to find ways to minimise delays and to maintain work progress and more importantly to continue to provide working opportunities and jobs for our people.”