November 7, 2022
The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers expresses its support for the Department of Public Works and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery’s proposed project to improve the roads along Route 33, Beach Road.
The GCEA is led with the mission to “Transform The Marianas into a World Class Destination” and to “Improve the Quality of Life for all who call The Marianas Home”, and seeing the installation of critical infrastructure that will promote safer roads for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, supports the advancement and realization of these goals for our community and visitors.
The Route 33 project establishes the foundation and initiates the progress toward our shared mission to develop Quality and Safe Road Infrastructure, Complete Streets, and Bike Lanes for Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. These initiatives push for the rehabilitation of critical access roads and the increase of safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists in the Marianas.
This project is also a positive step towards infrastructure improvements not only for traffic pathways, but also for the Marianas’ ability to build safer, more attractive communities that allow for greater transportation choices. Complete Streets and Bike Lanes are innovations in our near future that will support the revitalization of our community, promote healthier lifestyles, spur increased investment and employment, grant visual enhancement of our islands’ thoroughfares, and develop commercial opportunities such as bike rentals and tours as a part of our destination offerings.
For more information on the GCEA’s Complete Streets recommendation, view or download the GCEA’s 2021 Annual Report on www.cnmieconomy.com/reports.
Photo Caption: Rendering of Beach Road, Saipan illustrating the GCEA’s Complete Streets recommendation.