Army Corps of Engineers assesses Aunu’u Wharf
More than a week ago, an official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- Honolulu Division was in the territory to conduct a site visit of the Aunu’u and Auasi wharfs in order to determine the types of improvement needed. This is in accordance with part of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga's request to the federal agency.
The site visit by Justin A. Goove, also followed a request by Rep. Talaimatai Elisara Su’a, whose constituency includes Aunu’u, to the Department of Port Administration for help in getting necessary repairs done on the wharves.
Talaimatai says he is very happy with the support from the Lolo Administration, adding that while in Honolulu recently he met with Goove for specific concerns from residents of Aunu’u regarding the wharf.
Talaimatai says the biggest concern for Aunu’u comes from small alia boat owners who have said that there is a need to dredge the water-way into the wharf to make it deeper and safe for sailing in and out, and this has been a problem there for many years. It needed a push for something to be done, before a serious accident could occur that would claim the life of anyone, he noted.
He explained that when it’s low tide, it makes it very difficult for boats to enter the wharf because it's not deep enough. He said the Auasi wharf also needs to be dredged for safety reasons.
Talaimatai says he is now waiting for an update from Port Administration and the Army Corps. He also has a request pending with Port Administration for an ASG vessel to sail between Aunu’u and Auasi.
(Original Samoan story on this issue was published in the Dec. 24 edition of Samoa News)
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