September 9, 2010 â€“ $1 million project to repair village roads that were damaged during last yearâ€™s earthquake and tsunami, and also to repair shoreline revetment in Matuâ€™u that were also damaged from the disaster has been announced.
Governor Togiola Tulafono said the restoration road project, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, will include the maintenance grading and reshaping of 20 village gravel roads that were damaged by 20 foot high sea surge water and the subsequent receding water. The road surface of the village roads were scoured and consisted of rutting and potholes.
The roads to be repaired are in five Eastern District villages -- Tula, Alao, Masefau, Afono and Fagasa -- and five in the Western District â€“ Leone, Asili, Afao, Agugulu and Amanave. Leone and Amanave have six roads each to be repaired through this project, which will cost $213,000. The road project is scheduled to begin in November and completd in May 2011.
In Matuâ€™u, the Shoreline Revetment and Outlet Bank Stabilization project will repair 700 feet of the stone seawall that was damaged during the earthquake and tsunami almost a year ago. The cost of the project is $800,000 and it will be completed in five months.
â€œSo many of our village inland access roads were damaged in the tsunami and I am very happy to receive these funds to make these repairs almost year after that never to be forgotten day,â€ said Governor Togiola. â€œThe village needs these roads to be safe for both villagers and vehicles and I am very happy that these much-needed funds have arrived so that we can begin this very important project.â€
The total cost of the two projects is $1,013,000.