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Portions of Cross-Island Road shut down

by Michele Catahay

Guam - Motorists traveling along Cross-Island Road are asked to drive with caution as the Department of Public Works is working on fixing the roadway there. Drain pipes collapsed underneath the roads, forcing portions of the road to be closed-off today.

Talofofo resident Keith Beem frequents Cross-Island Road daily. He says while he's glad DPW is doing what it can to fix the situation in this particular area, he's hoping all of Route 17 can be addressed, too.  "There are a lot of washouts all along the edges of the roads that need to be fixed. I mean, I think they're fairly dangerous," he explained.  "I like what they did along Route 4, where they did a lot of patching on the sides.  At least it was a temporary and it would be nice if they did that along Cross-Island Road here." 

Route 17, also known as Cross-Island Road, was first built in 1952. Since then, it has suffered from major erosion. Back in 2007, DPW experienced the same problem when an old drain pipe beneath the road corroded, causing the road to cave in. Acting DPW Director Andy Leon Guerrero says traffic has been diverted through a temporary bypass road to get residents through the area.

Motorists are asked to exercise extreme caution when traveling along the road. Leon Guerrero says he expects for repairs to be completed, in about a week.  You can expect delays in the morning and during heavy peak hours. He says crews have begun digging out the culvert and replacing it with cylinder. They will be re-covering and repaving the area.

"When you're driving through there, please be careful if you're going to go through the bypass because at the top it's just a one-way street and please heed the flagman and the direction they give them," said Leon Guerrero.

The official says he wants to address the situation head on to prevent similar incidents from happening again in the area, adding, "I know that there are other culverts in the Route 17 area, so I'm asking the team to assess all of them and we just recently got some money which we can use to mitigate the problems."

With many construction projects being done all over Guam, Yona resident Jared Aguon says it's been difficult to get to places on time, telling KUAM News, "The roadways are okay, there's no problem but during the timing, it's kind of inconvenient for me."

In the meantime, expect more construction along Route 8 and San Vitores road, Marine Corps Drive, Route 4 to Route 10 and route 16 near the Barrigada Post Office.

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