The Department of Public Works is paving the way for better access on Guam's roadways.    

What was once a gravel intersection is a now a newly resurfaced road safer for the residents along Chalan Lamasu in the northern village of Dededo. Mayor Melissa Savares told KUAM News, "There's a lot of people that live here and a lot of people means a lot of cars and households don't just drive one car; most households have an average of three vehicles per household. At night, we could not sleep because there's only one entrance and one exit in this area with over 5,000 people living here."

Today DPW cut the ribbon for the new road which welcomes traffic from all directions due to the adjacent cockpit and the thousands who live along the Machanaonao Subdivision and Ironwood Village. "You're helping me, but you're actually really helping me make things better for our people," said Savares.

The project was funded through legislation authored by Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. that appropriated funds from the Guam Territorial Highway Fund for capital improvement projects by DPW for flood mitigation and other purposes. And just as the ribbon is cut on one road project, the Department of Public Works will also be celebrating the soft opening of the Maga'Haga Highway, formerly known as the Tiyan Parkway.

DPW director Glenn Leon Guerrero, "What it will have is it will have sidewalks on both sides of the road, it's a five-lane highway with bicycle lanes, but this only phase one, so we're not finished, we need another phase, phase two which actually takes us from sunset boulevard, that's where we tie-in, to Home Depot, once we finish that we'll have that complete parkway, it will be completely done the first parkways." He says the new highway was activated this afternoon. Traffic onto the new highway from Route 8 in Maite will be through the new traffic light at cars plus and will connect to Sunset Boulevard within Tiyan.

The roads entering Tiyan from Route 8 at the Maite Mobil and McDonald's intersection and other intersections west of this entrance will be permanently closed to traffic. Phase I is estimated to cost up to $8 million with the second phase expected over $20 million. "But more importantly it will do, it will allow us to relieve traffic, they have choices and they have options, but more importantly we're hoping to administer the flow of traffic that comes a little easier," he said.

The Maga'haga ribbon cutting is set for the next two weeks.