“Residents have been waiting for this for a long time. We are very glad and appreciative because it would also save the government money. Instead of using the resources to constantly cover potholes, now those resources can go elsewhere.”
– Charles Naputi, Talofofo Resident
July 26, 2018
Hagåtña – Residents on Carmen Leon Guerrero Street in Talofofo said they were blessed to see the road’s pavement become a reality. There was no better way to celebrate the road completion than through the ribbon cutting ceremony held today.
“There is a gap between what we want and what we are willing to pay for and we are very thankful for these funds. Incrementally, we are going from village to village to work on the roads. Little things like this make a difference in the quality of life for our residents,” said Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio.
The Carmen Leon Guerrero Road repaving is part of an islandwide project to resurface village roads. DPW has repaved dozens of village roads, including Atanacio Street in Mangilao, Pale Kiren in Sinajana, Erskin Drive in Agat, Santati Road in Piti, Gil Breeze in Yigo, and Quinata Street in Umatac.
Talofofo Mayor Vicente S. Taitague said the project is long overdue: “The only thing the people of Talofofo want are their roads to be paved. They’re happy to see the project moving forward.”
Andrew Leon Guerrero, Deputy Director for Department of Public Works, said by the end of the year, DPW estimates about $3.5 million for more village road projects will be collected from the fuel tax increase, which will cost each taxpayer roughly $30 a year. That’s less costly than the $30 a month for trash pickup.
“We never get tired of progress and progress has always been the Calvo Tenorio administration’s middle name,” Leon Guerrero said. “Island residents appreciate such progress because it only makes for a better quality of life.”
Talofofo Resident Charles Naputi couldn’t agree more.
“Residents have been waiting for this for a long time. We are very glad and appreciative because it would also save the government money. Instead of using the resources to constantly cover potholes, now those resources can go elsewhere,” Naputi said.