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Tamuning elementary school residents sound-off about traffic

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - For years residents who live along the street adjacent to LBJ Elementary School have battled with the traffic pattern which causes their homes to be inaccessible and they have finally had enough.

It's a problem that reoccurs every school year. Residents that live across and near the Tamuning campus have to fight with the congestion caused by the traffic which overflows into the residential street and the situation appears to have worsened. Resident Paula said, "Like we shared earlier we have been living on Villa Street for eighteen years and we have been pretty patient with the situation with parent drop off and pick up of their children but we watched it get increasingly worse as time goes by."

Perez says she has spoken to the administration at the school to work out an alternative route as there is a semi loop at the bottom of the school which can be used for pick up and drop off versus parents coming into the street adjacent to the school blocking access completely to residents. But getting in and out of their homes is not the only concern, as she said, "Like any village street is narrow coupling that with parents parking on both sides of the street it turns down to a one lane street but you have parents going in and out trying to drop off their children so if a normal vehicle can't even maneuver can you imagine and ambulance or a fire truck."

And in the afternoon when school ends Perez says that is when the nightmare really begins. Parents are parking on the shoulder of Chalan San Antonio as well as on the curve of the street blocking access into the street and creating a blind spot. Perez told KUAM News, "They ride the middle lane they park on the shoulder of Chalan San Antonio pretty much almost to the loop already you know and when they come out they are supposed to make a right turn only and then go up and actually utilize the loop at the top but I don't know maybe because it's that much longer they decide to go into the middle lane and just u-turn so that itself causes concerns for us."

Unable to get through the road and safety a concern the issue has been brought up to DOE superintendent Jon Fernandez who just happens to also be a parent of a student attending LBJ Elementary School, and well aware of the reoccurring problem. "However what I have done over the last year is try to explore the possibility of changing the traffic pattern by allowing the buses to go up to the top entrance and to allow the parent drop off and pick up at the lower level," he explained.

He says they are examining the traffic flow and are working with DPW. He adds that they have ran busses through the upper area to determine if there would be enough turn around room for the busses. While this is the solution the department is looking at Fernandez says at this time there is construction on one of the homes directly across the exit of the upper level and they want to make sure it is near completion so that busses do not run into any obstacles. He says they are also working closely with that home owner. 
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