If the aim of Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s road closure program is to dissuade people from traveling, it appears to be working.
On Saturday, the first day of the road closures, motorists can already be observed cursing and waiting impatiently in line as Guam Guard and Guam Police Department personnel stop every car to question drivers about where their destinations are.
Photos and videos circulating around social media show long lines of vehicles passing through the designated road closures.
Earlier today, there was an especially long line of vehicles stuck in the Route 8 road closure in Barrigada by the Shell Gas Station.
In the Hagatna road closure point, a PNC viewer said they have been in line for almost an hour and more people have left the line rather than wait to go through.
“Just wondering how long it’s supposed to take to get through, as there are at least 60 cars here burning gas and time, and we are trying to get to the vet to pick up our dog that had surgery last night as a result of being attacked by a stray dog. If this continues we will have spent over 3 hours at this checkpoint to get our dog and get back home?!? There must be some way to speed this process up?!” he wrote.
The designated road closure points are:
- Route 1 in Dededo by Lucky Supply;
- Route 1 in East Hagatna by the former Shens Furniture, now the Oasis Center;
- Route 1 in Asan by the Calvary Chapel; and
- Route 8 in Barrigada by the Shell Gas Station.
Under the governor’s directive, vehicles are funneled into one lane, where each car is stopped and the drivers questioned to determine whether they are going to an essential store or business.
In her daily press conference, the governor said they decided to kick off the road closure program today because it was the Easter weekend and not many motorists are expected to be on the road.
But if today’s congestion is an indication, the weekdays may see even worse traffic snarls.