DPW is getting closer to a complete repair of the road failure on Marine Corps Dr. that has slowed traffic for a little over a week.
Guam – It’s been a slow grind for island motorists and department of public works employees, as a section of Marine Corps Drive collapsed last week. DPW Director Glenn Leon Guerrero estimates a target date of Wednesday for a complete repair of the affected section of the road but he says weather or other factors could cause them to push the date back.
“Well we’re down to the last, well i think we finished the lanes already, what held us up today was the sidewalks, we needed to cut into the sidewalks, but i think we’ve even finished that. The third leg which doesn’t actually affect the roadwork as we’re speaking, we have to clean out the french drain, which is a bunch of rocks and allows for the storm water to go through that rocks, some sort of filtering system before it heads out into the bay,” said Leon Guerrero.
The third leg of the repair according to Leon Guerrero is cleaning out the french drain, which will act as a backup drainpipe. As for the roadwork he says DPW workers are finished and at this point, it’s about finishing touches. Those finishing touches include making a 4-inch cut between the base course and the asphalt. Leon Guerrero says this is because they need to lay a 2-inch layer of asphalt and a 2-inch layer of anti-skid.
According to a release from Guam Transportation, the affected area of road will be reduced to one lane as a contractor prepares to lay the asphalt. Guam Transportation says that it will take time for the asphalt to cool enough for traffic to run on it. Because of this, drivers should expect intermittent lane closures. As for another possible road failure, Leon Guerrero says he will take a two-step approach in preventing another possible issues.
“Well it’s a two part thing for me, the emergency will have a wash to go through, some lessons learned, well probably do that Thursday or Friday. And then were gonna continue on with the engineers to come up with a longer term fix and see what we need to do and you know hopefully this is a storm water situation we might want to adapt and learn from for other places throughout the island,” said Leon Guerrero
Guam transportation is asking motorists to drive slowly and with caution and take alternates routes if possible. You can read the latest release online at pacificnews center.com