Umatac Bridge Towers reopened

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Local dignitaries, including Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio, second from left, and Sen. Tommy Morrison, center, were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday for the reopening of the Umatac Bridge Towers. Photo courtesy of Sen. Morrison's office

The Umatac Bridge Towers were officially reopened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, signaling the completion of long-awaited structural and electrical repairs, according to a press release from Sen. Tommy Morrison's office.

Morrison, author of P.L. 33-120 which funded restoration efforts, thanked Gov. Eddie Calvo and Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio, Sen. Joe San Agustin and other members of the Guam Legislature, the Department of Public Works, Joe Quinata and the Guam Preservation Trust, and the community of Guam for “working together this past year to improve safety conditions at the towers which were closed off to the public for nearly two decades," a press release stated.

The Umatac Bridge was built in the 1980s during the administration of former Gov. Ricky Bordallo. As the commissioner of Umatac, Cecilia Morrison, Sen. Morrison’s mother, worked closely with Gov. Bordallo to replace the original bridge – an old metal structure that barely withstood powerful typhoons and the demands of increased traffic activity.

“I’m grateful that Mayor Johnny Quinata and the community of Umatac have committed to continue helping with maintenance requirements such as pressure washing, paint work and other general cleaning," Morrison stated in a press release.

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