Vehicles transporting tourists up to Mt. Tapochau usually get stuck in a deep ditch located along the side of a steep Navy Hill Road near Coral Island Condominium.
A concerned citizen told Saipan Tribune yesterday that the CNMI government should fix the road, which has been a problem to tourists for over five years now.
The citizen, who requested anonymity, said he has been calling the Department of Public Works and the Saipan Mayor's Office, but was only told that there is no funding.
“It's ridiculous. It's not for me, but for the tourists. We're inviting them to come to the CNMI so we should take care of their safety,” he said.
The citizen said all it takes to solve the problem is for the government to provide one or two loads of coral and a grader for half a day of work.
He said vehicles get stuck in the area because the side of the very steep road has a 16-inch deep ditch and potholes in the middle of the road.
The citizen said what good is the Mt. Tapochau Development Project if nobody can get there.
The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands has reportedly allocated $20,000 toward the Mt. Tapochau Development Project being undertaken by the Marianas Visitors Authority.