Guam – After more than a year of work and 4 deaths, the traffic light at the dangerous Wusstig Road intersection with Route 1 in Dededo will finally be energized Monday.
The Guam Department of Public Works says the North Guam Signalization Project serving Yigo and Dededo will be completed and energized on January 3.
Work on the project began in October 2009. It has cost $796,000 to complete. The funds came from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The work was done by GEMCCO.
The project includes a new traffic signal at the Route 1-Chalan Lujuna intersection as well as at the Route 1-Wusstig Road intersection.
There are also new pavement marking, and a new crosswalk at the Route1/Chalan Lujuna intersection.
One important feature of the work done at the deadly Wusstig Road intersection is a flashing yellow-arrow, left-turn signal light at the intersection of Wusstig and Route 1. The flashing yellow signal allows motorists to turn left after yielding to oncoming traffic.
According to a release from DPW, a national study conducted for the Federal Highway Administration found that flashing yellow arrows help move traffic through intersections faster and provide additional traffic management flexibility.
The release quotes DPW Director Andy Leon Guerrero as saying that: “This will be the first Flashing Yellow Arrow signal light to be installed on our roads. Safety is a top priority for our drivers and this new system has been proven to be safer and more efficient in traffic management. To ensure a smooth transition, we will develop an outreach program to educate the motoring public at large as well as residents and businesses in the areas .”