Temporary Bridge at Ylig Now Open to Traffic

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Guam – The temporary Ylig Bridge is now open. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, along with officials form the Department of Public Works and Smithbridge, Inc. today [Monday] completed an inspection of the temporary bridge before a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the area to southern traffic.

“It’s about time the people from the South get attention from this government,” Governor Calvo said. “That road and that bridge have been nothing but trouble and headache for the people of the South. It has cost residents untold sums in car repairs and traffic congestion. I am so thankful to Joanne Brown and the men and women of Public Works for making this a priority.”

The temporary bridge will be utilized as a bypass to accommodate through traffic while the existing bridge is replaced. This project is 100% federally funded and includes replacing the superstructure and improving the foundations of the existing bridge and roadway approaches to bring them up to current standards. The $8.0M project was awarded to Smithbridge Guam Inc., in November of 2010 and is expected to be completed by early 2012.

“The support we receive from the Federal Highway Administration and the innovative work from Smithbridge Guam Inc. is a primary example of the types of partnerships we must engage in to utilize the federal funds given to Guam to the greatest extent possible,” Governor Calvo said.

The Department of Public Works thanks the public for their continued patience as they work to improve our roads for the safety and well being of our people.