Tumon underground project may affect traffic

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Costing $5.2 million, the project will install primary and secondary underground system to five sites along San Vitores Road in Tumon: Fiesta Hotel Lateral, Dai Ichi Condo Site, behind Pacific Bay Hotel, behind DFS towards the Lotte Resort, and Nikko hotel areas.

Starting this month, traffic may be slower than usual in the island’s tourism district as Guam Power Authority crews begin work on GPA’s Tumon Bay Lateral Underground Conversion Project.

Costing $5.2 million, the project will install primary and secondary underground systems to five sites along San Vitores Road in Tumon: Fiesta Hotel Lateral, Dai Ichi Condo Site, behind Pacific Bay Hotel, behind DFS towards the Lotte Resort, and Nikko hotel areas.

The site location map for the project shows that the work will affect the roadway between Reef hotel and Nikko hotel as well as the road between Garden Villa and Fiesta hotel. In addition, the area behind DFS, where a lot of condominiums are located, will be affected.

According to GPA public information officer Art Perez, work began today on Chichiricka Street and Tun Ramon Street in Tumon.

“The contractor is conducting some asphalt/concrete cutting in the areas. Work is done during daylight hours for maximum visibility and local private traffic is notified of the work in specific areas as opposed to main traffic routes/intersections or locations in close proximity to schools,” Perez told PNC News.

The underground project is designed to upgrade and convert existing overhead laterals (power lines) along San Vitores Road to an underground system. The primary distribution lines will be placed underground for residential and commercial customers within the project area. These same lines will be converted to an underground service through pad-mounted transformers.

The Consolidated Commission on Utilities approved the project last January through Resolution 2019-2 to Authorize Expenditures for the Construction of the Tumon Bay Lateral Conversion Project.

The project funding source is GPA Revenue Bonds and the contractor is Core Tech.

GPA general manager John Benavente said the project will not impact rates, result in improved power quality to customers; and will contribute to more efficient and expedient power restoration following storms or disasters.

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