Ada Bill Would Make Restoration of Roadways More Efficient, Following Utility Excavation

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 Guam – Senator Tom Ada has introduced a bill that would make the process of restoring roadways to their original condition more efficient after a utility contractor has worked on it.

Bill 196 would would allow the utility, such as GTA or GWA, to post a global performance bond as insurance that a roadway is properly restored to its original condition after work has been done on the utilities underneath. Deposits will still be required, but a release from the Senator says they “will be commensurate with the risks that a utility company will not properly restore the roadway that has been excavated.”

READ Bill 196 HERE

The measure would also make the restoration process more efficient by requiring DPW to conduct a  post-excavation inspection within 3-months, rather than the current requirement of 1-year. That ensures that the utilities deposit is returned sooner, assuming they passed the inspection

The Senator says in his release that he has “worked closely with the Department of Public Works and local utilities and telecoms in crafting this legislation” and he is optimistic it “will significantly improve our ability to protect Guam’s roadways as well as providing relief to these companies.”

READ Senator Ada’s release below:

Senator Tom Ada Introduces Bill to Better Protect Guam’s Roadways

Hagåtña, Guam: On Wed., Sept. 25, 2013, Senator Tom Ada and Senator Rory Respicio introduced Bill 196-32 (COR), an act to allow the Department of Public Works to require utility companies to post a general performance bond as insurance that Guam’s public roadways are properly restored by contractors who open and excavate these roads.

Current Guam law requires utility companies such as Guam Waterworks Authority, Guam Power Authority, and GTA Teleguam to post a deposit fee of no less than $500 for each excavation they make in order to access their facilities. “When a company such as the GTA has over 20,000 pedestals that may require a roadway excavation in order to perform maintenance and repairs, the amount of funds that must be deposited can be a significant amount that gets tied up”, said Sen. Tom Ada. “The Guam Waterworks Authority, which has over 470 miles of waterlines and 315 miles of sewer lines, is also similarly impacted by the deposit requirement for each excavation that is made,” added Sen. Tom Ada.

Deposits will still be required, but will be commensurate with the risks that a utility company will not properly restore the roadway that has been excavated. Another change that the Bill 196-32 makes to current law is to require DPW to conduct inspection of repairs made to excavated roadways within 90-days, in order to refund deposits on properly repaired roadways in a more timely manner. Current law allows DPW up to one year to conduct the inspection and allows deposits to be held up to one year.

“We have worked closely with the Department of Public Works and local utilities and telecoms in crafting this legislation,” said Sen. Tom Ada, “and I am optimistic that passage of Bill 196-32 will significantly improve our ability to protect Guam’s roadways as well as providing relief to these companies.”

A copy of Bill 196-32 (COR) may be downloaded from Senator Tom Ada’s website (www.senatorada.org) and the Guam Legislature website. For more information, please contact Senator Tom Ada’s office at 473-3301.