VIDEO: DPW Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Completion of Route 7A

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Guam – The Department of Public Works is celebrating the completion of the Route 7A Pavement Rehabilitation and Safety Project.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning at the Agana Pool Parking lot which sits along Route 7A. The road is a crucial thoroughfare in Hagatna that is used by hundreds of motorists to connect to other villages in the surrounding areas.

The project involved pavement resurfacing, reconstruction, storm drainage improvements and installation of new pavement markings from Route 4 to Route 8 in Hagatna and Mongmong Toto-Maite.

Former DPW Director Joanne Brown, who is in transition to the Port Authority of Guam, highlights the quality of the road reconstruction projects in recent years and how it will continue in the years ahead.

“I think we’ve shown and demonstrated that we cannot only build roads, we can build them well. And we can do them in a timely fashion and assure there’s accountability in the construction, the quality of construction, because I know that was not always the case and as time goes on we can determine whether or not these roads were well built and that’s the hope with all these projects that we have that these roads are built well they’re built with quality and at least you know your asphalt is well tested,” says Brown.

Construction on Route 7A began in September 2011. The project’s final cost was approximately $5.8 million dollars and was funded by the Federal Highway Administration. The project was awarded to Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company.