Faipule pushes for paved road connecting Tafuna & Malaeimi
Tualauta Faipule Florence Vaili Saulo is appealing to Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, to direct his attention to the recent passage of a House Resolution requesting his assistance in moving forward with plans to pave and seal the road connecting Tafuna and Malaeimi.
Her letter cites traffic congestion and better tsunami free-zone access as two of the main reasons for paving the connecting road, as well as providing ‘a much appreciated sigh of relief to the commuting public.’
Saulo’s recent letter pointed out that the introduction and passage of the important Resolution is another example of progress and the many good things that branches of Government can accomplish when working together.
She further noted that the Lolo and Lemanu administration has taken a giant leap with the immediate improvement of the existing infrastructure. “In less than a year, a significant portion of our highways have been improved and upgraded, with more work still to come,” she stated, adding that in that same spirit of improving our island roads the resolution was introduced.
The resolution, according to the faipule, states that a significant number of Tualauta residents from the villages west of Malaeimi use the Malaeimi public highway every morning to transport their school children to the various schools in the Tafuna/Ottoville area.
“These parents have to encircle the Nu’uuli/Tafuna vicinity by going through the Airport road intersection, turning into Tafuna and again through the Faga’ima and Fonoti intersection in order to reach Kanana Fou, and the Catholic schools at Fatu o Aiga.
“It is the same for our residents who are employed by the many businesses located in that same area,” she wrote.
Rep Saulo said with the new road, “a significant portion of the vehicles that jam the area from the Airport road intersection to Manumalo Baptist School, and sometimes to the ASCC, can be removed from that equation as they would turn off into the Kanana Fou and Fatu o Aiga area through the proposed road.”
She stated this would provide residents with direct access to their immediate destinations rather than having them join the traffic blockage in Nu’uuli and Tafuna and it would help avoid a lot of bad mornings for members of the public.
THE SAFETY FACTOR OF THE MALAEIMI CONNECTION ROAD
Another issue the faipule pointed out was the public safety factor this connecting road holds.
“The Office of Homeland Security, TEMCO, has designated the area beginning at the Aveina Store in Nu’uuli, heading westward to the ASCC as a tsunami free zone. This means that when the island is on tsunami warning, residents from the low-lying areas of Tafuna, Iliili and Nu’uuli will have to evacuate to higher grounds in the Malaeimi valley or higher.
“The new road, once opened, would provide a more direct and shorter route for the residents of Tafuna-Faga’ima, Kokoland, Ottoville and parts of Nu’uuli to these tsunami free zones. Because tsunamis hit within minutes of an earthquake or natural disaster, this road literally becomes the lifeline that a lot of our residents will depend upon, and minutes can mean the difference between life and death.”
Saulo said this road has actually been in existence for many years, but the existing surface is made up of boulders, river rocks, and lava rocks bulging from all sides and directions; to try and dodge one means running into another; and this is not to mention the puddles and debris that collect on the roadway during and after heavy rainstorms.
“There is no question that we need to open this road,” the faipule said, and noted she has made this road project one of her priorities with her first term, given her strong belief that it’s a result that is much needed.
“I realize that in the past there were attempts made to open it however for one reason or another, the Government and those families whose lands are involved just could not see eye to eye on some issues.”
She stated that while differences can arise in such matters, especially those that obligate family lands for public use, she’s also cognizant of the fact that we cannot let that become a cause for abandoning this very important project.
“The Government must find common ground with these families for the public good. I for one am willing to work with your Office and the various Executive agencies in order to get this project going, and therefore pledge my support.”
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