Route 7A Construction to Begin This SATURDAY

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Guam – The Guam Department of Public Works is advising that this coming Saturday, September 17, construction will begin on the Route 7A Roadway Rehabilitation and Safety Project from Route 4 near the Agana Shopping Center past the Agana Pool and Mayor’s Office to Route 8.

This is the road that leads over the Minondo Bridge.

DPW says that the bridge will never be closed and there will always be at least 1 or 2 lanes open across the bridge during the construction phase, although delays are expected and motorists are advised to find alternate routes when possible.

This project is expected to take approximately nine months to complete and includes pavement resurfacing, guardrail replacement, new sidewalk curbs and gutters, replacement and extension of underground drainage systems and replacement of the approaches to the Minondo Bridge.

The project will require traffic lane changes and restrictions throughout the course of construction. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to seek alternative routes when traveling in the area.  Most of the road will be restricted to one-way traffic down the hill from Route 8 throughout the first five months of construction.

“This project is an important component of our transportation system as it feeds indirectly to our major thoroughfares,” said Joanne M.S. Brown, director of the Department of Public Works.  “We thank the Federal Highway Administration for funding these needed improvements and look forward to working with Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company along with all their sub-consultants as we work together to improve our highway systems.”

Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company was awarded this federally funded $4.7 million-dollar project with an expected completion date of May 2012.

The Department of Public Works thanks the public for their continued cooperation. For the safety of the driving public and the construction workers, motorists are asked to drive carefully and follow all road construction signs and to take extra precaution especially during this rainy season.

Please stay tuned to the media and DPW weekly updates for traffic lane changes.