Guam - Weeks before Christmas, the residents at the Gill-Baza and Zero Down subdivisions received great news that money has been allocated to fix the road leading to these neighborhoods in Yigo. Some say they'll believe it when they see it.
Jerome Ramarui has been living at the Zero Down Subdivision for the past five years. Ever since he's moved in, his vehicle has suffered major damages due to road conditions here. But there's good news because over $800,000 has been allocated to fix this road. He said, "The road pavement - the lack thereof I should say - has been an ongoing concern particularly with potholes and all that. It takes its toll on cars and cars eventually break down sooner rather than later."
An amendment was made to Bill 474, authored by Senator Telo Taitague. The bill would reprogram over a million dollars from unused bond proceeds to the Department of Public Works for paving and repair of damage village projects. Governor Felix Camacho recently signed that bill. For years, the community has attempted to bring this attention to the village mayor and island leaders. He says while its great news that the residents will see some improvements, he says he will believe it when he sees it.
"I certainly happy about it. To have it paved. But I would be really happy if it was finally actually paved," Ramarui added.
In the meantime, Jerome's wife Julie says the pavement of the roadway will not only help residents get to their homes a lot easier, but she says it'll address safety concerns raised by parents. Because these areas are not easily accessible, children have had to walk from their homes to the bus stop along the main road. It's a walk that is far and difficult to handle once it's raining.
Until then, Julie says she's also grateful that leaders have stepped up to help. She noted, "We are so grateful about this road that the Legislature finally realized that we also are some of the people on Guam where our kids are going to serve the leaders of Guam, and I think they are going to be very important asset to the community also."