$2.9M coastal road project groundbreaking on Rota

SMOOTHER ROADS: A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a coastal road project in Rota. From left, Director for OPD Kodep Ogumoro-Uludong, project manager Isagani Salazar, Director Peter Camacho, DPW Secretary James Ada, Mayor of Rota Efraim Atalig, Rota DPW Resident Director Vanessa Charfauros, Rota Municipal Council Vice Chair Luisa Manglona, Rota Municipal Council Chairman Anthony Barcinas, Sen. Paul Manglona, and Danny Ganacias of Radiocom. Office of the Governor photo

SAIPAN – The Department of Public Works has conducted the groundbreaking ceremony for the $2,907,133 coastal road project in Rota, which connects the airport to the villages of Sinapalo and Songsong.

“A common route for the people of Rota, this 9.5 miles of road project from the airport to the villages will eliminate the hazards and provide for safer travels,” Secretary of Public Works James Ada said at the ceremony.

Mayor Efraim Atalig said the project connects villages but, likewise, leads to many tourist destinations that would benefit the tourism economy.

Acting Gov. Arnold Palacios added that this project is a great improvement to an important road for the people of Rota.

“Route 10 will ensure safety, comfort, and convenience from Songsong to Sinapalo and an overall investment into the infrastructure of Rota,” he said.

The project, which is slated for completion in 2020, is funded by the Federal Highway Administration. The project links to other existing routes on Rota, making a circumferential link around the island.

The project consists of eliminating hazards along Route 10 for approximately 9.5 miles from the airport intersection to the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation power plant where the pavement ends. The scope of work involves road repair, anti-skid overlay on curves and installation of guardrails, traffic signs and road pavement markers.