GPD: Prepare for traffic delays Sunday when Route 1 and 8 repaving resumes

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The work had to be suspended two weeks ago after a massive traffic jam occurred at the intersection. Southbound traffic on Route 1 was backed up all the way past the Alupang Towers in Tamuning. (Viewer submitted photo)

The Guam Police Department is advising motorists to prepare for traffic delays Sunday when the resurfacing project at the Route 1 & 8 intersection resumes.

The roadwork begins at 6 o’clock Sunday morning and will last until 6 pm Sunday evening.

The work had to be suspended two weeks ago after a massive traffic jam occurred at the intersection. Southbound traffic on Route 1 was backed up all the way past the Alupang Towers in Tamuning.

Guam police spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao said that this Sunday, officers will be manning the designated traffic control points to allow a smoother transition of traffic for the duration of the construction.

However, Sgt. Tapao advises drivers to plan their routes accordingly “and anticipate major delays.”

Traffic will be rerouted during the course of the construction phase as the entire eastbound lanes from the intersections of Route 1 and Route 4 through the Route 1 and Route 8 will be closed off.

Motorists are urged to adhere to the rerouting patterns for this day.

Motorists traveling east on Route 1 and Route 4 will have to merge into the opposite inner westbound lane. Motorists will be permitted to travel east up until the entrance to Guam Auto Spot, as the eastbound traffic will merge back into the eastbound lanes of Route 1 Marine Corps Drive, Hagatna.

Motorists traveling on the inner westbound lane on Route 1 Marine Corps Drive, Hagatna, by Guam Auto Spot will merge into the middle lane as the inner westbound lane will be utilized for eastbound traffic.

Motorists wanting to enter Route 8 Purple Heart Memorial Highway, from Route 1 will have to utilize the Route 1 and 4 intersections then proceed onto Route 4 Chalan Kanton Tasi.
Accessibility onto Route 8 will be permitted on Chalan Santo Papa by the Bank of Guam Building.

Motorists wanting to enter Route 1 from Route 8 will have to utilize Chalan Santo Papa and utilize the Route 1 and Route 4 intersection as both the north and southbound lanes past Chalan Santo Papa will be closed.

Motorists are asked to proceed with caution upon entering the posted construction site as the speed limit will change from 35 mph to 25 mph and to adhere to all posted traffic signs and marked barriers.

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