Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he has been informed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the American Samoa Government will receive close to $3 million in federal funding for two road projects in Futiga and Leone.
Federal funding for the Futiga-Road Communication Mitigation Undergrounding (Futiga Road Mitigation Project) and the Leone-Road Communications Mitigation Undergrounding (Leone Road Mitigation Project) are provided by FEMA’s Hazarad Mitigation Grant Program.
For the Futiga Road Mitigation Project, the total project will cost a little over $1.9 million with 90-percent federal share, which means the federal government will fund more than $1.7 million of the total cost. The work to be done, which covers part of the road from Ili’ili up to the Taputimu turnoff, includes replacing utility timber poles and overhead copper and fiber cable, with underground construction of conduits and vaults.
For the Leone Road Mitigation Project, the total cost is a little over $1.1 million with the federal government funding $1.02 million or 90-percent of the total amount. The proposed work will start at the intersection of Taputimu and Lepuapua among Route 1 main road towards the Leone Digital Central Office and will also include replacing utility timber poles and overhead copper and fiber cable with underground construction of conduits and vaults.
“FEMA’s approval of these grants underscore the federal government’s commitment to help strengthen our roads and infrastructure in light of the devastation of the 2009 Tsunami, and I thank Administrator Fugate and Secretary Napolitano for continuing to see the need for mitigation in American Samoa,” Faleomavaega said.
“I also want to commend Governor Togiola and his administration for their efforts in pursuing these federal grants, which are intended to develop hazard mitigation measures that are vital to reduce losses from future disasters in the Territory,” Faleomavaega concluded.