Tualauta District faipule expresses gratitude for work done on road
Lawmakers and residents of the Tualauta District have voiced their gratitude to the Lolo and Lemanu Administration for their "leadership and unwavering commitment" to address and resolve the road problems, and for placing a priority on repairing some of the most traveled roads throughout the island.
This is in accordance with a letter sent to Governor Lolo Moliga from Tualauta Faipule, Larry Sanitoa on behalf of Tualauta Senators Magalei Logovi’i and Letuligasenoa Soli and his house colleague Rep Florence Vaili Saulo. “Many thanks to Director Faleosina Voight and the Department of Public Works Highway Division, for their perseverance and diligence in identifying Federal Highway funds for this project.”
“In addition, we would like to thank Tuimavave Tauapai Laupola of the Governor’s Office for his assistance in helping expedite the 3R projects as quickly as possible. Also our sincerest appreciation to Mr. Pat Phung and Mr. Clifford Chew of the Federal Highway Administration Office in Hawaii, for their continuous support and commitment to improve American Samoa’s infrastructure,” Sanitoa wrote.
He also noted that Tualauta lawmakers would appreciate continuing to work with the administration in identifying areas where help is needed to improve road maintenance.
Sanitoa pointed out that the next huge task will be obtaining funds to address the numerous secondary roads in Tualauta District. “Roads such as the two in Kokoland and Tafuna, the Faleniu road going down towards LDS church, the Iliili road in the back of the Golf Course, and a couple of other roads in Pavaiai and Vaitogi,” he noted, saying, “These roads serve a huge population within our district and will probably cost millions to get professionally paved.The biggest challenge and the most critical component of any new road, is to ensure that we have proper runoff systems planned and a more sustainable drainage system.”
“For all these pending road projects and maintenance plans, we continue to remain hopeful that DPW will consider aggressively pursuing the GARVEE program under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).”
Sanitoa noted that aside from the infrastructure they will continue to work collaboratively with the governor and his administration in addressing other serious and critical issues facing his district and also the territory – issues such as Health Care, Education, Juvenile Delinquency, and Economic Development to name a few.
“These challenges will not be resolved overnight but determination, persistence and perseverance will help enable overcoming them.” Sanitoa thanked the Governor "for fulfilling your commitment to place people first," and said in conclusion that he looks forward to continue working with the administration to improve the quality of living for everyone in the territory.