Guam - The Department of Public Works briefed island media today on a $16.4 million road construction project. The Route 1 and Route 8 intersection improvement and Hagatna Bridge replacements are on track and the construction for the main bridge on Marine Corps Drive is expected to begin by the end of May, according to DPW director Joanne Brown the project is funded through federal highway and DOD funding.

Brown says plans are in place to prevent the problems that occurred with the Barrigada Tri-Intersection Project, saying, "I think one of the key things that we learned is to make sure the community outreach is there and keep the public informed, it was like January or February (2011) we were at the Barrigada mayors office that we just has a bunch of disgruntled residents and businesses about the impacts, and residents about driveways being blocked and things as simple as where do I take my trash for the trash company to pick up so certainly doing outreach ahead of time is important."

The intersection improvements will allow motorist to take left turns onto Route 1 from Route 8, and the Hagatna Bridge will be extended a hundred feet in length with four lanes in both directions. The project is expected to be complete by February 2014.