The Department of Public Works is set to embark on the resurfacing of one of the busiest thoroughfares on Guam.
DPW held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Route 1 resurfacing project, which will range from Route 30 to Route 10A at the TaTuHa Park by the Tamuning Mayor’s Office.
DPW director Vince Arriola said the work will be done on a little less than 1.5 miles of road from the old Pizza Hut to the intersection of Airport Road.
“It’s gonna involve all seven lanes — the northbound, southbound, and center lanes,” Arriola said.
The project includes the restoration of the failed asphalt road surface along Route 1 Marine Corps Drive in the village of Tamuning.
The road will be resurfaced, from Route 1 at Route 30/Governor Carlos G. Camacho St. to Route 10A/Airport Road.
Work includes milling and overlaying, full/partial depth repairs, replacement of utility manholes, repair of drainage inlets, and replacement of old sign panels and new striping.
The $7.2M project is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
“Although this project is primarily for resurfacing of a stretch of Route 1, work beneath the surface is required to ensure the stability and strength of the road especially with a traffic volume of over 33,000 vehicles on a daily basis. We’re grateful for the partnership with Hawaiian Rock Products on this project,” Arriola said.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, who was present during the groundbreaking, said: “The foundation of a safe and prosperous community includes adequate and properly maintained infrastructure. This exact stretch of roadway was last rehabilitated in 1996 and my pledge is to continue pursuing projects that have long been overlooked, especially when it comes to the safety of our people.”
Arriola said DPW is very aware of the potential traffic jams that their project could cause.
To mitigate this, Arriola said they will try to do most of the work during night-time and during the weekends.
Fortunately, Arriola said, Tamuning has a lot of alternative routes that motorists can take.
“We will work to keep the traffic flow as smooth and as safe as possible,” Arriola said.
DPW estimated the work to be completed within 300 calendar days from the Notice to Proceed (NTP).