Guam- The temporary Ylig Bridge area is now open to southern traffic.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this Monday afternoon where Governor Eddie Calvo and Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Joanne Brown inspected and spoke about some of the highlights of getting this interim passageway open in southern Guam.
The bridge was done by contractor Smithbridge Inc. and will be used to bypass traffic while the existing bridge is being replaced. It also is one of three major bridge projects that are part of the route to the new Layon landfill, which is slated to open at the end of the month. Governor Calvo and director brown say this quality of construction work is something to be imitated all over the island.
“This is a ribbon cutting for a temporary bridge” said Calvo. “But as many commented it’s good enough to be a permanent bridge. As we move forward along with many other projects when it comes to bridge renovation and road construction, we would like to see the same quality of work.”
The overall cost for the temporary bridge plus the newly constructed bridge in Ylig will be around $8 million dollars” noted Brown. “So it’s quite a significant price tag and we are actually very fortunate that we do have the financial resources at this point with our partnership with federal highways to pay for it.”
The new Ylig bridge is expected to be completed in early 2012. The project is 100% federally funded.