Transport of 200-ton generator may damage roads, bridges

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DPW director Vince Arriola said DPW has received inquiries from a number of local freight companies, seeking information and regulation to transport GPA's generator.

The Department of Public Works has expressed concern over the transport of a large 200-ton Guam Power Authority generator which will be transported from the Guam port to Route 34 (Two Lovers Point) and on to GPA’s Dededo generator site.

In a letter to GPA general manager John Benavente, DPW director Vince Arriola said DPW has received inquiries from a number of local freight companies, seeking information and regulation to transport GPA’s generator.

According to Arriola, GPA’s freight is approximately 400,000 lbs. (or 200 tons) and will require a number of axles and trailers, perhaps in excess of 23, to adequately haul the equipment.

“This load is well in excess of the 80,000 pounds that our roads and bridges are designed for,” Arriola said.

He added that all of the island’s bridges and major culverts along the way of the delivery of GPA’s freight from Route II, through Route 1, to Route 34 shall require complete bracing and fortification.

According to DPW, potential bridges that may be impacted include, but are not limited to: the Piti Canal, Massa River, Taguam River, Matgue River, Fonte River, Asan River, and the Agana River.

In addition, all locations and intersections equipped with traffic lights will require dismantling and re-installation of supports, cables, lights, because the GPA freight is approximately 22 feet tall, measuring 16′ x 22’x 300′.

Moreover, all raised medians impeding the GPA freight’s movement may require demolition and reconstruction and the delivery would have to occur during night hours with full police escort.

“As you may recall, the Department of Public Works has major concerns with potential damages to Guam’s roads. While DPW is not requiring a bond to be posted, it fully intends on monitoring Guam Power Authority’s (GPA) project. GPA is expected to promptly repair damages that occur to the roadways in general, and underground utilities such as waterlines, sewer lines, cables, storm drains, manholes, etc,” Arriola said.

He added: “I’m sure you understand the importance of our concerns and the need to protect our roadways, bridges, and public assets. I look forward to working with you on this monumental project.”

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