July 27, 2017
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.
|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