Prepare for traffic jams as GWA upgrades its Asan sewer line

Traffic jams are expected as GWA starts the rehabilitation of its Asan sewer line. (PNC photo)

Motorists passing near Adelup can expect traffic snarls starting May 15 as the Guam Waterworks Authority starts the rehabilitation of its Asan sewer line.

GWA’s Asan-Adelup-Hagatña Route 1 sewer rehabilitation and replacement project (Phase 2) covers an area 1,000 feet south of the Adelup Governor’s Complex Gate up to the Hagatña Wastewater Pump Station.

The work consists of cleaning and rehabilitating gravity sewer lines, replacing sewer manhole concrete collars, and providing temporary bypassing and traffic control as necessary to complete the rehabilitation work.

According to GWA general manager Miguel Bordallo, the $8.7 million project starts from May 15, 2021 and will last two years, up to April 2023.

GWA contracted Core Tech-Hawaiian Dredging LLC for the project.

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“We should be able to maintain three open lanes of traffic — northbound and southbound along Route 1. However, there will be one area where we will have some severe traffic restrictions and that is over here at the intersection,” Bordallo said.

He added that there will be signages and plans that will be coordinated with DPW contractors. Bordallo said they will do their best to minimize disruptions but there is no way around traffic since this is a long-term project.

“We ask for everyone’s patience while we continue this project. It’s designed to improve wastewater services. This project is part of GWA’s ongoing capital improvement project. It is a 5-year program with a final cost of $342 million. These system investments are really needed to make sure we are in compliance with our regulatory requirements and also to improve the level of service to our customers,” Bordallo said.

He added that the project is part of the reason why GWA filed for a water rate adjustment as part of a 5-year financial plan submitted in 2019. The proposal will be tackled by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) within the next few months.

Bordallo said the proposed rate increases would allow GWA to tackle these capital improvement projects.