Repairs at Barrigada tri-intersection started

DRIVE WITH CAUTION: The Department of Public Works and Barrigada Mayor June Blas ask drivers to be patient and pay attention to contractors working to smooth out the tri-intersection in Barrigada. Hawaiian Rock Products employees are seen here directing traffic on Saturday. Oyaol Ngirairikl/The Guam Daily Post

Motorists have dreaded passing through the tri-intersection that connects Routes 10, 16 and 8 for more than a year now, if not longer.

The intersection’s asphalt has become wavy. Driving through this area during rush hour is a longstanding concern, particularly to those who have an older car and don’t have the budget to repair the wear and tear caused by Guam’s poor roads.

We thank the Guam Department of Public Works for doing the work, and the federal government for providing the money to fix this crucial path to many residents who go to the University of Guam, Guam Community College, George Washington High School and Father Duenas Memorial School. 

The tri-intersection also is a key path for residents from Mangilao, Chalan Pago, and Yona and other more remote villages in the south who must drive to and from Dededo and other northern areas.

Thanks to $588,270 in federal funds, DPW has finally begun to tackle this repair job. We also appreciate DPW’s decision to let the work on the project proceed only on weekends so weekday work and school commuters won’t be as inconvenienced.

DPW Deputy Director Jesse Garcia said the work at the tri-intersection will continue over 14 weekends, as local contractors resurface the intersection.

“The work is being done slowly, on Saturdays and Sundays,” Barrigada Mayor June Blas said. “And we just ask for everyone’s patience and that they follow the signs and the instructions of the contractors who are out there directing traffic around the work.”

Work also is being completed on Route 8 on a traffic light that will control traffic at the turn to B. P. Carbullido Elementary School and San Vicente School in Barrigada, the mayor said.

We’re glad DPW has started paying more attention to one of its core responsibilities.

We urge the department to also look at fixing the uneven road and peeled-off patches of asphalt at the ITC intersection in Tamuning. That area is as busy as, if not busier than, the tri-intersection.

We hope DPW will also look at opening up at least one more lane each at morning and afternoon rush-hour highway chokepoints on weekends. An example of this is the Airport Road traffic congestion by The Home Depot and the heavy traffic heading north from the Tiyan Parkway.

The government of Guam was supposed to further develop another phase of Tiyan Parkway to decongest the rush-hour traffic jam on Airport Road. This much-delayed next phase of Tiyan Parkway should get started soon. This congestion isn’t just about motorists getting stuck in traffic on their way to and from work, school and other matters.

It’s also about safety. If something very serious happens in the Airport Road area or on Marine Corps Drive in Tamuning, emergency first responders will get stuck in the traffic jam, and the critical moments wasted could mean the difference between life and death.

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