Guam – While the Barrigada Tri-intersection has received a lot of attention due to the problems caused by the ongoing construction there, another section of road has caused heartaches for local businesses as well. Construction at the RT. 4 intersection in Sinajana has forced Butlers emporium to close down it’s restaurant and the owner is concerned that his business which is one of the oldest on Guam won’t make it to the hundred year mark.
“Where does the government gain to choke off your oldest family business we’re already small potatoes today I don’t claim to be in competition with Kmart or any of these people and I wish them well but I’d like to reach the 100 year mark hold my head up be thankful be humble tell the people of Guam we appreciate that they’ve stood by us and bow out gracefully,” said Butlers Emporium owner Gerry Champion.
The long-time business owner says he was forced to close down his restaurant after construction kept customers away. “You know they had all these cones up and everything and you didn’t know whether you had to make a right turn or a left turn and I’m sure it was similar in Barrigada,” said Champion adding,”It’s unnecessary it was poor planning and the project was not approached with what’s that phrase they use, due diligence, and it was a typical GovGuam type of thing.”
Part of his problem now is a median that stretches across the front of his business. One that has made it difficult for customers to figure out how to get to and from his store. “One hour one bulldozer one backhoe take it off there and if I have to when all the dust settles and it’s still there I’m going out there myself with a sledge hammer and I’m going to break it down,” said Champion. The Sinajana busines owner has other worries besides the median, “Supposedly there’s a second paving coming now there was a problem with quality control on the first part of it,” said Champion adding, “You know they’re coming in right now and they’re putting in all these nice little street reflector things on and your acting like the job is finished.”
In fact the job is not finished according to Gene Niemasz of Parsons Transportation group a company hired by DPW to over see federal highway funded road projects. Only fifty percent of the road is complete because of a problem with the mixture used on the friction course layer or top layer of road. “At the moment the job mix formula for completing the project that is with the contractor it is in their court to submit a job mix formula a job mix formula that more closely meets the spec than what the material is that they put down on the first fifty percent,” explained Niemasz.
The remaining fifty percent will probably be completed with a new mixture of asphalt but they are still determining whether or not they will have to repave the fifty percent that has already been layed down.
“If it were deemed that they had to remove all of that material then we’re probably talking about a couple of weekends to do that it’s not removing the whole roadway section it would probably be milling off the top one inch of paving and then following right behind that with paving of new material so it would probably be minimal impact to public over a long term it would be single lane closures over a day and then they’d open it back up sort of this moving lane closure down the roadway,” said Niemasz.
The construction on Rt. 4 was conducted by Hawaiian Rock Niemasz says it will be up to the Federal Highway Administration, DPW and Hawaiian Rock to determine whether or not the road will have to be resurfaced.