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Update: Road Construction on Andersen

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  • By Senior Airman Vanessa Fuentes
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
If you've driven around Andersen Air Force base lately you've noticed a lot of road construction. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Jan. 22 for the Arc Light Boulevard realignment construction project. The $5.6 million project is to realign the busy Arc Light Boulevard, provide a new traffic pattern along Chicago Avenue, widen and repave existing roads, and install three new roundabouts with bike paths and sidewalks.

Lt. Ben Turner, NAVFAC Marianas resident officer in charge of construction at Andersen, provided the following construction update:

Q: How is construction coming along?

Lt. Turner: Construction is currently on schedule, and progressing very well. Contractors continue work on installing the new section of Chicago Avenue, and as soon as that is complete, they will be moving onto construction of three roundabouts, and resurfacing of existing roads.

Q: Are there any dates when you expect construction to start interfering with Andersen traffic?

Lt. Turner: Based on the current schedule work will begin at the intersection of Chicago and Davis Avenues and in front of the Security Office building in approximately three weeks. Simultaneously, the contractor will be starting the resurfacing of the section of Arc Light between Marianas Avenue and the AAFES Base Exchange. This work will require intermittent closures of the back road which leads to the Base Exchange and the intersection of Chicago and Davis Avenues. For convenience of motorists, all other roadways in this area will maintain two-way traffic.

Q: How long is that expected to last?

Lt. Turner: Motorists may expect minor traffic delays and bumpy road conditions until final completion of the project in early July 2010.

Q: What are the reasons for the Arc Light Road Realignment project?

Lt. Turner: This project was initiated to relocate non-operational traffic away from the mission essential operations of the nearby flight line, and improve overall road safety for airmen, family members and base patrons with smoother and safer thoroughfares.

Q: When can we expect all the construction to end?

Lt. Turner: Construction is scheduled to be complete in early July 2010.

Look for future project updates from the 36th Wing Public Affairs office.