15 Sep 2014

New bridge in American Samoa dedicated

5:30 pm on 15 September 2014

A new multi-million dollar bridge has been dedicated in American Samoa to replace the one destroyed by the 2009 tsunami.

The tsunami struck the bridge in Leone province and destroyed it.

Work to built a new bridge started in January 2013 and was finally completed at the cost of $5.3 million, funded by the United States Federal Highway Administration.

During the dedication ceremony, the governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga said that Leone was one of the hardest hit villages during the tsunami and the feeling at the time was that of hopelessness and helplessness.

Damage in American Samoa caused by the 2009 Tsunami

Damage in American Samoa caused by the 2009 Tsunami Photo: RNZI

However, with the dedication of the new bridge, Lolo said its a sign of hope for the future and for many good things to come for the people of American Samoa.

A plaque was unveiled during the dedication to remember the construction worker, Fa'ateleupu 'Upu' Nakiso, who tragically died on the worksite.