Guam – While there are road construction projects all over the island one stretch of road in the southern end of Guam is in dire need of repair. A stretch of the Agat-Umatac road that is literally falling off the cliff.
“This is roughly 16 year’s since this was first reported and acknowledged by DPW inspectors,” said Umatac Mayor Dean Sanchez.
The Mayor is talking about a stretch of road commonly referred to as the Agat-Umatac road. It has been eroding so badly that the asphalt is literally crumbling off the side of this cliff.
Sanchez says that if they had addressed the problem immediately it wouldn’t have gotten so bad. In fact the erosion has worsened over the years. PNC archive video taken in July of 2008 shows how the road used too look with just a little barrier at the edge keeping cars from careening off the exposed cliff. After years of erosion DPW had to extend the barrier system. Nevertheless cars still pass merely feet from the cliff’s edge.
“Everyday we’ll see the cones being hit so DPW can you re-align the by-pass because they’re very close to each other and you’re going to find accidents that’s gonna happen and when it happens I’m afraid that someone’s gonna end up at the bottom of the ditch,” said Sanchez. The mayor adds that many residents are concerned about this section of road not only because of the crumbling asphalt but also because the road has been redirected forcing cars to drive along the shoulder of the road. “They always come back to the mayors and tell us we’re the first responders and that we need to tell them about problems in our villages but when we tell them about the problems it falls on deaf ears,” said Sanchez.
PNC news was promised an interview Tuesday with DPW Director Andy Leon Guerrero. Leon Guerrero was supposed to give PNC an update on the status of this project however he did not return repeated calls.
Mayor Sanchez says that the last thing he heard was that they found $1.8 million dollars for the project about three months ago. That’s when they put up the new barrier system. They also brought down an excavator but the mayor says the excavator sat there unused. “For two and a half weeks when the project first started it didn’t do nothing it just sat there so I’m thinking well this really is very an exorbitant amount to pay for an excavator just sitting there doing nothing I could have used that for 2/12 weeks clean my beach side,” said mayor Sanchez adding, “If they give me the money i’ll do it myself.”
Sanchez says he hopes that the new incoming administration will listen to the concerns of he and other mayors to fix problems like this that he says are rampant throughout the island’s villages.