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Swift action moved Tiyan Parkway forward

by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - It was back in June when lawmakers were called into special session to address legislation aimed at helping the Tiyan Parkway Project move forward. That measure was signed into law shortly thereafter and now Public Works is in the process of acquiring more property and is in need of more funding.

DPW director Carl Dominguez says swift action by lawmakers on special legislation back in June was a positive step for the Tiyan Parkway Project to move forward. And once again, the department will be needing the Legislature's assistance.

"We are actively working on acquiring four pieces of real estate which is what FAA and the airport authority requires of DPW for them to release the real estate for phase one of the project, but in order to do that we're going to need funding for that so we hope the legislature will approve $1.3 million for us to go forward with the acquiring the property," he said.

Dominguez says he and Senator Tom Ada have been exchanging emails on the matter and to his understanding, the oversight chair is attempting to get the funding into the budget bill. Senator Ada was unavailable for comment today.

As you recall, lawmakers passed special legislation over the summer to appropriate half a million dollars to the department for acquisition of property for the project. The measure or the ability to purchase at least a singular lot, was the assurance or a sign that the government was working in good faith on acquiring property from the original landowners for phase two along with preventing the loss of $5.8 million set aside by the Federal Highway Administration for the project.

"Four of seven parcels will be enough for FAA to release the Phase I property, and that's what it's always been is to be able for us to get the phase one property so we can do Phase I," he said.

In the meantime, Dominguez says DPW has been following through on other requirements of the law which include two appraisals in order to contract for purchasing. "The first set of appraisals we've had in our possession now for about three weeks and the second set of appraisals were submitted in the last 72 hours so we have that set of appraisals," he said.

As for the design of Phase I, Dominguez says it should be completed by the end of this month - and while it remains to be seen if Central Avenue will still be closed by October, Dominguez says actual construction realistically, even if expedited will be in the first quarter of 2014. 

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