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Route 17 road repair project completed

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WITH several other projects in the pipeline, the Department of Public Works celebrated the completion of road repair on Route 17 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Yoña yesterday.

With a final cost of $5.9 million, the completion of Route 17 – which stretches from Yoña to Santa Rita – took more than two years to complete.

Major issues with the project included utility conflicts underneath the road as well as getting the correct asphalt formula.

“But now we have a beautiful stretch of road, much safer to drive on for the motorists who live and motorists at large that come down this road from time to time. It’s something for us to enjoy going forward,” DPW Director Carl Dominguez said.

From the end of this project to Apra Heights, contractors will start replacing drainage pipes and fixing bad sections of the roads with pot holes.

Another ongoing project, the Hagåtña Bridges’ repair, however, has fallen behind schedule.

Contractors are still on phase 1.

“Contractors have run into some archaeological remains and artifacts, so we have to take care of that issue before we actually pave the road to the bridge and finish the bridge off,” Dominguez said.

The Hagåtña Bridges project was originally scheduled for completion in 2014.

Contractors are working to catch up, Dominguez said.

The next project expected to be completed is the Port Authority road, which still has minor work to be done.

Work on Route 4, from Pågo Bay to the Intersection of Route 17, is also almost complete, Dominguez said.

As some projects come to a close, others will be starting up, such as repairs to an old bridge in the Inarajan area and another bridge in Asan.

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