Mali’oli’o Bridge construction on target

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The Mali’oli’o River gorge is vulnerable to the travelling public during the Wet Season and had claimed several lives after motorists attempted to cross when the river banks burst recent.
The Mali’oli’o River gorge is vulnerable to the travelling public during the Wet Season and had claimed several lives after motorists attempted to cross when the river banks burst recent.

22 March, 2019. (GOVT. PRESS SECRETARIAT); Construction of the new Mali’oli’o Bridge Project at Samalaeulu Savai’i is on target and should be commissioned and completed as schedule before the end of the year.

The reassurances was made on sight by Ah Liki Construction Company contractors to the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi during a Cabinet inspection Thursday this week.

“I have impressed on the contractors to proceed with full speed and should communicate to Cabinet via the Minister of Works any delays,” says Prime Minister Tuilaepa.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa on the ground at the Mali’oli’o Bridge construction site Thursday this week.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa on the ground at the Mali’oli’o Bridge construction site Thursday this week.

“Meeting the countrys’ transport needs remains a government priority and government is also aware of the threat posed by climate change when it comes to the safety of our travelling public.”

Also on hand during the on sight inspection included Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Papalii Unasa Niko Lee Hang, Finance Minister Sili Epa Tuioti, Revenue Minister Tialavea Fea Leniu Tionisio Hunt, Health Minister Tuitama Dr. Talalelei Tuitama, Tourism Minister Sala Fata Pinati and Public Enterprise Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell along with senior government officials.

The Mali’oli’o River project costs $7.64 million talā. Construction works include demolishing the existing bridge and removal for safe disposal; a new reinforced concrete arch bridge 26m long; constructing new reinforced concrete box bridge 11.4m long; and to construct a new single carriageway chip-seal surfaced road 1.5km long with 3 intersections, drainage, road marking and signage.

It is part of a US$26.35 million 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.