New bus shelters await final OK

SHELTERS: Several bus shelters have been built and are set to be distributed to villages after the Department of Public Works completes its needs assessment and priority placement plan. John O'Connor/The Guam Daily Post

The Department of Public Works constructed 12 school bus shelters in the last two months that it plans to install in various villages.

The Guam Daily Post spoke with DPW Director Vince Arriola about the bus shelters in mid-October. At the time, he identified 15 shelters – 12 built and three more to build.

According to DPW, the shelters have been undergoing assessments. 

"The school bus shelters will be distributed based on DPW’s final needs assessment and ongoing dialogue with village mayors, relevant government officials and stakeholders. Factors such as safety, convenience, accessibility, transit operations and traffic flow are primary elements that are considered in the final distribution plan," the department stated in response to media questions.

"This initial needs assessment is for priority placement of the 12 newly constructed shelters. A more in-depth needs assessment is being conducted concurrently to determine our island’s current and future needs relative to school bus shelters," DPW added.

Distribution will take place after the completion of the needs assessment and priority placement plan. The tentative target installation date is Wednesday.

There are more than 600 shelters for students on island, but Guam needs between 120 and 150 more, Arriola said previously. The department is currently conducting an islandwide school bus shelter assessment to determine current and future shelter requirements.

The 12 shelters were funded using DPW's fiscal 2019 appropriation.

"DPW will continue to construct additional school bus shelters as the resources become available and based on our final needs assessment survey," the department stated.

The shelters take three to four days to construct. They are made of pressure-treated lumber, cement boards and corrugated metal roofing, and are anchored with cement footings, according to DPW. The bus shelters are based on approved designs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and can withstand wind strengths of up to 100 mph, the department added. 

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