The Roadwork Ahead: Dec 6 – Dec 12

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Guam – The Guam Department of Public Works has released the following list of road construction projects that may cause traffic delays in the week ahead.
Route 25 Alageta Road
This week there will be road grading, excavation, installation of signaling poles and material being hauled to and from the site.  Drivers are advised to observe all posted construction signs to safely and efficiently move through the construction zone.

Traffic heading toward Route 16/Airport will be detoured onto Bari Asi Street and Acho Latte.  Traffic coming from Route 16/Airport will be detoured from Alageta Road onto Kalamasa Road.  Additional stop signs and 15 mph speed limit signs were installed along Kalamasa Drive and Uhang Street to slow traffic and enhance safety in the work zone.

Road closures are still in effect for Alageta Road and access is limited to Bella Market and local residents.  Drivers traveling through this area are requested to please slow down in the construction area and on the local streets.

Route 4 from McDonalds to Route 10
All travel lanes are now open on the project and traffic signals are in normal operation.  No excessive delays are expected.

Route 8/10/16 (Tri-Intersection)
Traffic lanes at the Tri-Intersection will continue to be restricted to one lane in each direction.  The concrete work for the new roadway is proceeding and traffic lanes are anticipated to be moved to the new pavement in late January.  Drivers are requested to comply with the “DO NOT BLOCK EMERGENCY ACCESS” sign at the Barrigada Fire Station on Route 8 when lining up for the Route 10 traffic signal.  Please use caution when moving through the construction zone.

Route 4 (Yona)
Drivers heading to and from Yona are advised that lanes have been shifted while crews continue construction of the retaining wall near the lookout.  Drivers are advised to follow the construction signs that shift the lanes of traffic and reduce their speeds in the construction area.

Route 2 (Umatac)
Drivers using Route 2 in Agat and Umatac are advised that traffic lanes have been shifted at Cetti River.  Drivers are requested to look well in advance for the construction signs that shift the lanes of traffic and to reduce their speed in the construction area.

Route 17 (Talofofo)

As the Route 17 pavement widening and strengthening project progresses, drivers are requested to be cautious and reduce their speed in the construction area especially at the sharp turns. Until the work is completed in June of 2011 drivers should anticipate lane restriction, increased travel time and short delays.

Route 16 (GMF / Guam Army National Guard)
Construction crews will be installing new wire, a traffic signal pole and signal heads over travel lanes, and  other  signal accessories at the Route 16 – GMF / Guam Army National Guard intersection.  Drivers are asked to observe posted traffic signs, expect shifting lanes and short delays.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Guam’s Roads

Question:  Are bike lanes included in the plans for all the major constructions on island?

Answer:  Consideration of bike lanes in the planning and construction of Guam roads is required by law.  Guam Public Law 29-98 states, “Inclusion of bicycle lanes and pedestrian ways shall be part and parcel of the planning, development, construction, reconstruction or other change of transportation facilities, plans, programs of primary and secondary roads on Guam.”, and “…bicycle lanes and pedestrian facilities are not required to be established when their establishment would be contrary to public safety.”

The 2030 Guam Transportation Plan establishes this requirement as a policy of the Department of Public Works.  The 2030 Plan indicates the level of improvement will vary depending on the existing roadway conditions, and may include providing a 4-foot wide shoulder or marked bike lane, widening the outside lane to 14 feet, or constructing a shared-use path.  A recent review of 52 current DPW road projects showed bicycle facilities are provided on 4-foot to 8-foot paved shoulders on most projects.  A number of the projects reviewed were limited to traffic signals, drainage improvements, erosion repairs and so forth so bike lanes were not considered. On two projects, bike facilities were considered but could not be included due to insufficient room in the right-of-way.  On the Route 4 project in Sinajana, proposed bike lanes in the original design were changed to a median left turn lane in the interest of public safety.

Building a road is so much more than laying pavement.  If you have any questions you would like to see featured in our weekly traffic update, please send them to helpdesk@guamtransportationprogram.com.