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AFTER nearly 20 years of being closed to regular traffic, Murray Road is now open again.
Yesterday, residents who live in the area were given a walkthrough of the improvements to the road by officials from the Department of Public Works, contractor Rex International, and the Guam Transportation Group. Asan/Maina Mayor Benny San Nicolas said the opening of the road is a benefit for the residents living in the area, especially those who use the road to get to Nimitz Hill.
“It’s a long-awaited project,” he said.
The road, which is located between Maina and Nimitz Hill, was shut down right after the 1993 earthquake after a portion of the street collapsed.
San Nicolas said the soil got loose and a landslide occurred.
The only people who were allowed to travel through were those who lived in the area. Another access road was opened along Angoco Street, but that too was closed off after the mayor’s office noticed there was more traffic than usual traveling in the area.
The $360,000 project started in January last year and over the next several months, Rex International worked on restoring the embankment and restoring the road’s original design as a throughway between Maina and Nimitz Hill.
The restoration included shoulder improvements, installation of new guardrails, roadway replacements, and repairs on the eroding slope with an embankment and a new 85-foot retaining wall and safety barrier.