Major Guam Thoroughfare Project Begins With Demolition

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Completed parkway hoped to increase commerce for airport

By Michelle Conerly

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan. 1, 2014) – Blocks of concrete fell to the ground with a loud bang as the crusher attachment of the track excavator smashed into a second floor window, shattering the glass and ripping out the frame.

"It's out with the old and in with the new," said Edward Untalan, chairman of the Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) board of directors.

The GIAA yesterday held a short demolition event at the former Guam Police Department headquarters to "(clear) the way for the Tiyan Parkway."

The demolition of the premises will be split into two phases, the first being to raze the GPD buildings and seven slabs, which would take about 120 days.

The second phase includes the clearing of the Kunkle Building and Yellow Cargo Building, which would take about 90 days, according to the governor's office.

Both phases are estimated to cost about $1,062,286.

This project is the beginning of phase one of a larger two-phase project.

"It's the first progressive event with regards to the Tiyan parkway, which will provide Guam's first permanent thoroughfare through the Tiyan property, which is going to greatly increase the commerce to the airport not only for its customers but also for its tenants as well," said Chuck Ada, executive manager of the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority.

Ada added there also are 10 other pieces of property that will be demolished throughout "airport inventory," one of them being the old cargo facility.

In December, Gov. Eddie Calvo signed a memorandum of understanding that placed a portion of airport-owned property into the Federal Register so it could be purchased by Public Works (DPW) for the Tiyan Parkway Project.

The memorandum also allowed DPW to finalize land purchase agreements with owners for the second phase of the road project.

Phase one involves the construction of a three-lane road and a new Tiyan entrance across from Cars Plus in Maite.

An intersection will be built at the entrance and the road will connect with the existing Tiyan road near the old police headquarters.

Phase two would construct a full four-lane roadway, from Route 8 to Route 10A, including realignment at the eastern end to avoid an area identified by GIAA for future expansion of the terminal facility, DPW documents state.

In November, representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Gov. Eddie Calvo came to an agreement to keep Central Avenue open to traffic, even though it encroaches on the A. B. Won Pat Guam International Airport runway safety zone.

Calvo met with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, who agreed to keep Central Avenue in Tiyan open in exchange for an earlier deadline.

Calvo urged the FAA to keep the road open, citing traffic problems and the threat of losing a designated tsunami evacuation route.

Arthur Clark, Calvo's chief policy adviser, said instead of October 2015, phase one of the Tiyan project is scheduled to be completed by April 2015.

According to federal law, Central Avenue, which encroaches on the A.B. Won Pat Guam International Airport runway safety zone, must close by Dec. 31, 2015.

Carl Dominguez, director of Public Works, said the department has added an incentive clause to the contract, awarding the bid winner a bonus if the project is finished early.

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