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Precinct 3 lawmakers express support for improvement projects

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PRECINCT 3  House members expressed their full support for two major projects in their precinct that have been awarded federal funding.

One of these is the improvement of the Beach Road area, in which placement of the base course, or the layer of material in an asphalt roadway, will be graded and compacted.

This project also includes pavement resurfacing and road marking from American Memorial Park to the Pacific Islands Club.

The second project is the flood mitigation on Chili Street.

Work will be done on the street elevation to correct street grade paving, which will also improve drainage in and around San Jose Church in Oleai.

Funding for these projects has been made available through the Northern Marianas Housing Corporation Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program or CDBG-DR.

The Department of Public Works also played a role in identifying these priority projects in Precinct 3.

Among the lawmakers who expressed their support for these two priority projects is Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao who said, “I am pleased that federal monies have been made available through NMHC’s [CDBG-DR] to fund [these] priority projects."

He said that he, along with fellow Precinct 3 Reps. Ivan Blanco, Jose Itibus, Marco Peter, Edmund Villagomez, and Ralph Yumul, have been working tirelessly to secure funding for these priority projects.

"I truly appreciate everyone’s patience as securing full funding remains a challenge. With this federal funding opportunity…I am pleased we can move forward with our partnership with the NMHC and DPW teams,” Attao said.

NMHC, the speaker said, is currently working with DPW to begin the environmental assessment phase of these projects, among other matters.

Precinct 3 includes the villages of Oleai/San Jose, Chinatown, Gualo Rai, Garapan, Navy Hill and Puerto Rico.

 

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