“All of those years our road was really bumpy and it’s uphill. When it rained it would get very slippery. That’s why we had big cars so it would be a lot faster and safer for us … We have children who have to walk up and down this hill to get to the bus stop and it poses as a public safety issue. But now with the pavement, it makes it that much easier for living here.”
– Maie Aguon, Chalan Pago-Ordot Resident
August 9, 2018
Hagåtña – Chalan Anonas Street in Ordot Chalan Pago is now a safer road that will also be less of a financial pothole for families in the area.
“The village road projects that have been repaired In recent months are improving the quality of life of our people. I want to thank the hardworking men and women at DPW for their work on this, as well Senator Tommy Morrison who provided the funding to restore our village roadways year round. We will see More road improvements as we close out the year,” said Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio at a ribbon-cutting with the Chalan Pago-Ordot Mayor and residents. The village road is one of more than two dozen that have been completed or are under construction as part of the Islandwide Pavement Resurfacing project.
Most engineers would say that the life expectancy of a road is around 15 years and thereafter, maintenance of these roads is necessary.
“I made a firm commitment that as Mayor, I would drive every single road in the village at least once a month. This road became a top priority because it is the most densely populated areas and most heavily traveled road. The one main issue we get phone calls for is about safety issues because of pothole ridden roads,” said Mayor Jessy C. Gogue, a former engineer.
What would only cost each taxpayer $30 a year towards the liquid fuel tax for future road projects, cost resident Maie Aguon a total of $300 of her own money to buy materials, which then her neighbors would use to make temporary repairs.
“We have put in $300 out of our own pocket so we can buy materials for the road. Our neighbors did the labor and we contributed financially. We did what we could to try and make it easier to go up and down the hill. We have children who have to walk up and down this hill to get to the bus stop and it poses as a public safety issue. But now with the pavement, it makes it that much easier for living here,” said Maie Aguon, Chalan Pago-Ordot Resident.