Improvements of roads, sidewalks sought


A lawmaker is seeking the assistance of the Department of Public Works on improvement projects for some key areas on Saipan.

Rep. Angel A. Demapan (R-Saipan) said he has requested DPW to help him assess the various community improvement projects his office is proposing.

One of the projects is the construction of a sidewalk in Dandan Road.

Demapan, in a letter to the acting DPW secretary James Ada, said the construction of a paved sidewalk along the southbound lane stretching from the frontage of Dandan Middle School’s gate to the south end of Dandan Road and proper markings of pedestrian crosswalks “will help alleviate safety concerns raised by members of the community, especially when students are walking to and from school.”

“Additionally, the construction of a sidewalk in the area will provide residents with another alternative for health and wellness walks right within their home village,” the lawmaker said.

An improvement project is also being eyed along a portion of San Vicente Loop.

According to Demapan, for several years now, residents and motorists have expressed frustration over the longstanding damage at the southern portion of San Vicente Loop.

”Residents who drop off and pick up students at San Vicente Elementary School frequently utilize this road. However, the current state of this portion of San Vicente Loop is hazardous, causes unnecessary traffic, and is a burden to motor vehicle owners,” he said.

Another project that Demapan wants the DPW to look into is the paving of an access road behind the San Vicente Elementary School.

He said the access road that links the backside of San Vicente Elementary School grounds to Laulau Bay Drive is a concern that has also been raised by members of the community for quite some time.

“Widening and paving this access road would alleviate the overwhelming traffic congestion that occurs at the beginning and end of each school day at San Vicente Elementary School,” Demapan noted.

The lawmaker said the provision of data from the DPW will help his office identify the needed funds for these projects through legislation.

Joel D. Pinaroc | Reporter
Joel Pinaroc worked for a number of newspapers in the Philippines before joining the editorial team of Saipan Tribune. His published articles include stories on information technology, travel and lifestyle, and motoring, among others. Contact him at

Related Posts

Disclaimer: Comments are moderated. They will not appear immediately or even on the same day. Comments should be related to the topic. Off-topic comments would be deleted. Profanities are not allowed. Comments that are potentially libelous, inflammatory, or slanderous would be deleted.