DPW: 2013 deadline for parkway unachievable
by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Because policy decisions still need to be made to address easement issues in Tiyan, the Department of Public Works doesn't think the Tiyan Parkway will be completed by the current 2013 deadline. DPW Director Joanne Brown says the Federal Highway Administration has agreed to Phase I of the parkway that runs from the current police headquarters to the Cars Plus area, but phase two is proving problematic.
Brown told KUAM News, "With regards to Phase II, that's a totally different situation because of the land ownership issues there; the legal issues that are involved, who owns what ultimately, the reversionary clause, it's a lot of things for the attorneys and people like that to address. But we're not getting indications that Federal Highway will be addressing purchasing any of those properties or providing funding for that purpose."
The Guam International Airport has been ordered by the FHA to close Central Avenue by next year, which would have a direct impact on the 14,000 cars that go through Tiyan every day. Brown says they will present the latest to lawmakers during tomorrow's public hearing as discussions on obtaining easements in Tiyan continue.