Guam - The Department of Public Works and the Navy cut the ribbon today on the $16 million dollar Agana Bridge reconstruction and Route 1 and Route 8 intersection projects. It is one of many funded by the Department of Defense as part of the military buildup.  Commander US Naval Forces Marianas Rear Admiral Tilghman Payne said the project is a result of a 2008 study of the specific routes that would be used as a result of the Marines relocation from Okinawa to Guam.

"But our One Guam commitment is not only noted in the completion of the these bridges the Department of Defense provided a $50 million Port Authority of Guam grant and $40 million defense access roads program to improve Guam's highways that's a total of $90 million for off-base infrastructure improvements," he said.

DOD kicked in $11 million out of the total $16 million for the projects which includes phase three which is includes the replacement of the Chalan Santo Papa Bridge over the Agana River. Completion of that project is scheduled for Spring 2015.