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July 27, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with the Independent State of Samoa Reconstructing Vaisigano Bridge to secure safe and disaster-resistant highway and strengthen the transportation capacity

photosigning ceremony

On July 27, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Independent State of Samoa in Apia, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to 1.806 billion yen for the Project for Reconstruction of Vaisigano Bridge.

The project will replace Vaisigano Bridge, which is located along a highway in Apia, with a new bridge capable of withstanding a large disaster.

Constructed as a steel bridge at the beginning of the twentieth century and rebuilt with concrete in 1953, Vaisigano Bridge is located on a major arterial connecting Apia with Apia Port, the only commercial port in the country, and Fagaliʻi Airport, and is ranked as key bridge in the road network of Upolu, the island where Apia is situated.

Having suffered deterioration and damage in the forms of corrosion to the reinforcing steel caused by salt damage and concrete separation, Vaisigano Bridge has been impassable to large vehicles since 2002. In 2012, Severe Tropical Cyclone Evan caused serious damage, leaving the possibility of the bridge collapsing and making replacement of the current bridge a priority.

The project will replace Vaisigano Bridge to ensure the main arterial can withstand cyclones and other natural disasters, and allow large vehicles to pass, which is expected to strengthen the transportation capacity of the country.

[Basic project information]
Country Independent State of Samoa
Project title Project for Reconstruction of Vaisigano Bridge
Planned implementation period 40 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Samoa Land Transport Authority
Target region, facilities Vaisigano Bridge in Apia
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility construction
Construction of a new bridge (75 meters), provision of an attached road (two lanes, one each direction, 425 meters), provision of seaside and upstream walls, installation of road lighting, removal of old bridge (approximately 75 meters)
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision

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