Over $22 million spent on road maintenance
More than $22 million has been spent by the Government on road maintenance in Upolu and Savai’i over a two-year period since 2017.
The figures were highlighted in the Lands and Transport Authority (L.T.A.) Annual Report for Financial Year 2019-2020.
The spending under the Government’s Road Routine Maintenance Program was for 23 months from August 2017 to June 2019 and covered 13 zones in Upolu and 10 in Savai’i. The contracts in Savai’i include road maintenance, lawn mowing and drainage maintenance.
According to the Annual Report, the contractors that successfully registered with the Authority’s Road Routine Maintenance Registry were invited to tender for the road routine maintenance contracts, which were funded under the L.T.A. local budget for the financial year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
For road works in Upolu, more than $15 million was awarded to the local contractors, stated the Annual Report.
The breakdown of the work and their payments were listed as follows: the Silva Transport contract $1.49 million covering zone one; Achatz Construction Limited $1.21 million; K.L.S.S. Landscaping Services $1.11 million; Ulia Construction $1.08 million; P.P.G. Engineering and Construction Company Ltd $1.16 million; Aga’s got an Attitude $899,644.87; R&R Company Limited $1.16 million; Bluebird Construction $1.18 million; Lee Transport Limited $981,099.34; Lucky Construction Ltd $1.30 million; Webster Works and Infrastructure $1.37 million; Samoa Works and Engineering Ltd $1.27 million; and King Construction $972,685.68.
For Savaii a total of $7.8 million was awarded and covered road maintenance, lawn mowing and drainage maintenance.
The contractors and their payment were listed as: Apia Lua Ltd’s contract was $850,400.74; Handyman General Contractors $729,998.95; Savaii Transport $801,977.58; Fico Construction $804,201.86; ON & Sons Construction $868,529.13; Taua’e General Contractors $647,212.74; Tama ole Mau $788,103.78; Salafai Construction $783,105.66; Yu Hoi Construction $807,929.50 and Big Island Construction $745,029.57.
Last week the L.T.A. terminated two new road maintenance contracts worth hundreds of thousands of tala due to alleged “lack of performance” and blacklisted the companies from making more bids next year.
As part of the penalty against the two construction companies, they have been blacklisted from bidding for further contract work with the L.T.A. in 2021.
L.T.A. Chairman, Taua Paul Phillips, warned contractors that the Government will not tolerate contractors not meeting the requirements of their agreements.
“The advice to all the contractors is to perform and meet the requirements of the contract. [Or] the final result [will be] the termination [of contract],” Taua said. “Part of the termination [justification is] to [...add] weight [to] the consequences of non-performance; we can’t terminate [their contract] and [then] they put another bid into other projects for maintenance work.”