by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senator Tony Ada introduced legislation that would require the Department of Public Works to use federal highway funds for project mitigation and relocation of utilities at these sites. Bill 114 will require DPW allocate funds to minimize the adverse impact road construction projects place on businesses and residents.
The measure would also help keep the cost of utilities down, as utility companies will not have to pay the costs associated with utility relocation to customers.
However, DPW Director Joanne Brown says the bill still needs to be reviewed and ran by the feds. She told KUAM News, "We do have to discuss with federal highway what terms if any would be agreeable to them for example relocating utilities at the expense of the federal government, those things will be examined and we need to look at the overall financial impact will be."
This is the third bill Ada introduced related to the impact of road construction.