New 4-way intersection soon in Hagatna

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes points to the new 4-way intersection that will be opened by DPW soon. (Photo courtesy of Speaker's Office)

The intersection of Chalan Santo Papa and Archbishop FC Flores Street will soon be changed to a four-way stop after Speaker Tina Muña Barnes notified officials that the area is accident-prone.

Last Nov. 15, 2019, the Speaker wrote Hagatna Mayor John Cruz and Department of Public Works director Vince Arriola after an accident occurred at the intersection involving an 8-month pregnant individual who had to be rushed to the hospital.

According to the Speaker, this was the fourth auto collision at the intersection.

DPW deputy director Jesse Garcia confirmed during an interview with NewsTalk K57’s Andrea Pellacani that there was a request that came in because of the multiple accidents in the area.

“Our crews went out and started setting up stop signs that are gonna be implemented. But before we can officially open it as a four-way intersection, we need to first do public outreach,” Garcia said.

He added: “So the stop signs are still not in effect. There are still things that we need to do.”

DPW hopes to activate the new 4-way intersection within the next two weeks.