Governor Togiola said the approval of Emergency Relief funds, which came in a letter dated December 18, 2009 from the Federal Highway Administration Hawaii Federal-Aid Division, is to assist the American Samoa Government in repairing damages for the Federal-Aid highways in the Territory that were damaged due to the earthquake and the tsunami waves on September 29, 2009.
Governor Togiola expressed his sincere gratitude to FHWA for the funds to rebuild the roads of the Territory.
"On behalf of the people and government of American Samoa, I wish to convey our heartfelt appreciation and thank you to Mr. Abraham Wong of FHWA Hawaii Division for his assistance in getting our request approved. Thank you for your continued support and partnerships over the years and especially during the recent natural disaster," said Governor Togiola. "The transportation investments funded by Federal Highway prevented additional damages to the transportation system and the low-lying villages. The Emergency Relief funds will definitely speed up the recovery process in repairing our transportation system."
Governor Togiola said FHWA has approved 26 eligible projects with the estimated cost of $49,348,345. The total reimbursements will be based on actual costs.
"I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Public Works Director Taeotui Punaofo Tilei and the Civil Highways Division staff in preparing the Detailed Damage Inspection Reports which was required for our Emergency Relief funds request," said Governor Togiola. "The effort was vital in carrying out this very complex process. Rebuilding our roads is as important as rebuilding homes, power and water systems. Our people need this infrastructure to get on with their lives and we are very grateful for this wonderful news from the Federal Highway Administration."
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