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More traffic woes at Barrigada intersection

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - More traffic woes for those by the Barrigada tri-intersection area, as months of construction has now forced some businesses to close up shop. While the project is not expected for completion until next fall, other patrons say they are not going to give up without a fight.

The excessive noise surrounding the now-famous (or infamous?) tri-intersection is just the beginning of problem in Barrigada says Denise Hertslet from the Small Business Development Center. "What we are trying to do is help the small businesses here at what we call 'The Tragic Tri-Intersection' to be able to survive," she explained.

While businesses face the possibility of closing their doors, Crown Bakery manager Kathy Robinson says she was told by the Department of Public Works she had two options, recalling, "Either limited access and possibly longer construction, or no access and maybe shorten the construction a little bit...neither of those are good options for us we do not need limited access we need access to our bakery."

While the staff here at Crown Bakery works hard to turn out delicious treats construction outside has caused a 50% decrease in retail sales.

"I'm not only worried about us, but honestly I'm really concerned about the businesses around us that have closed down," Robinson added. Like her, dozens of other businesses are feeling the affects of heavy traffic due to construction - making the intersection ones of the most highly avoided spots on island.

Hertslet says the SBDC has asked the Guam Economic Development Authority for special help to get the businesses through the brunt of the construction. She says the board so far has approved to waive requirement for that small businesses be turned down by two lenders before they can apply for a loan with GEDA. As for Robinson, she says a tax break would be most helpful.

Hertslet meanwhile is appealing to the Guam Legislature to pass a measure exempting businesses in the area from paying gross revenue taxes, saying, "Something like that would help them at least during the construction phase but that's just a temporary solution."

Businesses even started advertising more promotional items to attract customers, however now months later business continues to decline.

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