Guam – Chalan Pago-Ordot Mayor Jessy Gogue has announced that he is temporary closing Route 4 through his village SUNDAY, April 1 from 2:30 pm until 3 pm.
Mayor Gogue told PNC News that this is the first time he has exercised the Mayor’s new authority to close routed roads.
The road is being closed for 2012 World Youth Day.
About 800 young people will be gathering at the Chalan Pago Catholic Church and walking across Route 4 and down to the Phoenix Center. The road closure is necessary for the safety of those in the procession and it is expected to last about a half hour.
Mayor Gogue emphasized that this particular stretch of road has been closed for years for this procession. In the past, DPW has issued the closure notice. This time, his office issued it.
DPW Director Joanne Brown has called the legislature’s decision to pass the law granting the Mayor’s authority to close routed roads “irresponsible” because it could jeopardize federal funding. Friday, Brown told PNC News that the Federal Government will issue its response to the new law MONDAY.
Mayor Gogue issued the following release about the closure:
On Sunday, APRIL 1, 2012 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Ordot – Chalan Pago Mayor’s Office will conduct a “TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE” of Route 4, between the exit/entrance of Santa Cruz Drive & Col. Eddie Reyes Lane.
The Chalan Pago Catholic Church (Our Lady of Peace and Safe Journey) will be hosting the:
2012 ARCHDIOCESE WORLD YOUTH DAY
It is expected that approximately 800 of our Island’s Youth will assemble at the Chalan Pago Catholic Church and eventually conduct a procession along Route 4 and Route 10 to the Father Dueneas Memorial School’s Phoenix Center. This procession will begin at approximately 2:30
p.m., and they will be walking along the “shoulder” of these routed roads to get to the Phoenix Center. The Route 4 Road Closure is to ensure that the movement of this group is done safely.
VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IS ASKED TO BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS DURING THIS TIME PERIOD, AS THE YOUTH MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE PHOENIX CENTER. Route 4 will IMMEDIATELY be re-opened once the entire procession of youth has crossed onto the Northbound Shoulder of Route 4.
If you have any questions regarding this press release, you are encouraged to contact Mayor Jessy C. Gogue at 472-8302/8303 or 727-7567 (cell).
RELEASED BY: MAYOR’S OFFICE, DISTRICT OF CHALAN PAGO – ORDOT
s/ JESSY C. GOGUE