Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi leading the Cabinet delegation during the on-site visit to the Mali’olio Bridge Construction Project at Samalaeulu Savai’i, Thursday March 21st 2019.
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 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.