Guam- The southern community is celebrating the completion of the Route 17 Rehabilitation and Widening Project today (Wednesday).
The Department of Public Works (DPW) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony across from the Camachile Store in Yona this morning. Governor Eddie Calvo, Yona Mayor Ken Joe Ada, Former DPW Director Joanne Brown and other officials were present for the event.
The $5.9 million dollar project began in November 2010, but encountered two major delays. Contractor Sumitomo Mitsui construction found unknown utility lines that needed to be relocated and the finalization of the asphalt concrete mix took much longer than expected. DPW Director Carl Dominguez says after overcoming those challenges, he was happy to cut the ribbon on this project.
“To me, it’s better late than never” said Dominguez. “It’s a beautiful stretch of road. Much safer. Much more comfortable to drive on. Want to really thank the people that live in this area for tolerating the dust and the work. We’ve got a great product now for the residents here to enjoy and the motorists in general who will come through this road from time to time.”
Dominguez also says DPW will go out to bid later this year for the other side of Route 17 towards Apra Heights. He notes they will address the growing amount of potholes and dips in the road.
He adds more ribbon cutting ceremonies are ahead, which includes the completion of the Port Authority Road and the Route 4 Resurfacing Project. Dominguez mentions they won’t be finished with the Ylig Bridge Replacement Project until later this summer.