Heavy trucks are to be confined to the Lelata and Leone bridges with a new crossing of the Vaisigano River opening up between the two.
The Loto Samasoni Bridge currently under construction is not designed to take the weight of heavy trucks once it is opened for traffic next month, October.
Traffic flow is expected to be faster and quicker with the added crossing of the Vaisigano River for lighter vehicles.
“There will be no heavy trucks allowed to cross the Loto Samasoni bridge, these include container sidelifters, construction trucks such as dumps trucks and concrete trucks,” Maverick Wetzell, of the Land and Transport Authority (LTA) told Newsline Samoa.
Wetzell is the Manager of the LTA Project Management Division.
“All heavy trucks will continue to use the stronger cement bridges at Leone and Lelata.”
The span of the Lotosamasoni Bridge will allow for two vehicles to cross past each other at the same time on opposite lanes.
“The bridge is very important to improve traffic flow within the area, especially with works continuing on the new Vaisigano Bridge, and the upcoming upgrading works on the Lelata bridge.”
Construction of the new bridge started last May for the short crossing, that will connected traffic along the intersection lights at Malifa, along the inter-island road.
The AUD $1million project is funded by the Government of Australia in collaboration with the Samoan government.