Road Condition Woes Continue Along Cross-Island Road


Water damage, among other things, has caused a road in Santa Rita-Sumay to deteriorate, making it difficult for many to drive through.

PNC’s Devin Eligio has the story…

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A stretch of pavement along Cross Island Road is nearly undrivable and residents’ concerns are being raised on whether or not it will be repaired.

In a video sent to PNC, the asphalt appears to be soaked by groundwater, formerly speculated by residents to be coming from the nearby GWA water pump, just a couple of feet away.

Residents are able to call GWA dispatch to report any leaks or water outages; however, according to GWA dispatch, there have been no recent leaks reported along Cross Island Road.

In a statement to PNC, Guam Waterworks Authority Director Miguel Bordallo stated “the pump is functioning properly, and that the water which is undermining the pavement at this location is shallow groundwater that drains from the surrounding hillside down toward the river at Aplacho Bridge.”

Vincent Arriola, the Director of the Department of Public Works, offered a statement to PNC corroborating Bordallo’s comment. Through an email to PNC, he said “the water is from an underground spring and an engineering design has been completed to tap into the spring to get it to flow into the Aplacho River.”

Bordallo stated that both GWA and DPW are aware of the problem and work to finalize bid documents for the construction of road and drainage improvements to correct this problem will be completed by the end of the week.

Once a contract has been awarded, Bordallo adds, construction is anticipated to take five months.