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Old October 12th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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[USA] Guam roads & highways

Guam




Roads in Guam
total: 885 km
paved: 675 km
unpaved: 210 km
there is another 685 km of roads classified non-public, including roads located on federal government installations

Roads in Guam are primarily paved out of a coral/oil mixture. When wet, the oil tends to float to the surface of the roads making them very slippery and dangerous. However, as roads undergo repair and maintenance, a different mixture of asphalt is used than previously, so the roads aren't as slippery as before. This is one of the reasons the speed limit on most of the island is 35mph.
Highways are maintained by the Department of Public Works of the United States territory of Guam.

List of highways in Guam:

GH-1 Santa Rita - Yigo
GH-2 Umatac - Santa Rita
GH-2A Santa Rita - Santa Rita
GH-3 Dededo - Dededo
GH-3A Dededo - Yigo
GH-4 Umatac - Hagta
GH-4A Talofofo - Talofofo
GH-5 Agat - Santa Rita
GH-6 Piti - Asan
GH-7 Asan - Hagta
GH-8 Hagta - Barrigada
GH-9 Dededo - Yigo
GH-10 Chalan-Pago-Ordot - Barrigada
GH-10A Tamuning - Barrigada
GH-11 Piti - Piti
GH-12 Agat - Santa Rita
GH-14 Tamuning - Tamuning
GH-14A Tamuning - Tamuning
GH-14B Tamuning - Tamuning
GH-15 Chalan-Pago-Ordot - Yigo
GH-16 Barrigada - Dededo
GH-17 Santa Rita - Yona
GH-18 Piti - Piti
GH-26 Mangilao - Dededo
GH-27 Dededo - Dededo
GH-27A Dededo - Dededo
GH-28 Dededo - Dededo
GH-29 Yigo - Yigo
GH-30 Tamuning - Tamuning
GH-30A Tamuning - Tamuning
GH-32 Mangilao - Mangilao
GH-33 Hagta - Mongmong-Toto-Maite
GH-34 Dededo - Dededo
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Guam Highway 1



Length: 21.04 mi (33.86 km)

Guam Highway 1 (GH-1), also known as Marine Corps Drive, is one of the primary automobile routes in the United States territory of Guam. It runs in a southwest-to-northeast direction, from the main gate of Naval Base Guam in the western community of Santa Rita in a general northeasterly direction to the main gate of Andersen Air Force Base in the community of Yigo. It passes through Guam's capital, Hagta, as well as intersecting various other territorial highways. The US Military built the road starting in 1941. Construction ceased with the Japanese invasion in December 1941 and resumed in 1944.

Like most major highways on Guam, a 35 mph (56 km/h) speed limit is posted throughout most of its length. In the past, GH-1 was one of the few roads to post a 45 mph (72 km/h) limit on lengths of less-developed roadway. However, as more of the area became developed, certain sections of the roads were posted with lower limits. Travelers heading north away from the developed areas are allowed a 45 mph (72 km/h) speed limit. However, the southbound lanes on the same sections remain posted at 35 mph (56 km/h) due to development on the western side of the road.



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Guam Highway 2



GH-2 runs in a south to north direction, from the Magellan Monument in the southern community of Umatac in a general northward direction to the community of Santa Rita, where it meets Highway 2A (which connects to Guam Highway 1 Marine Corps Drive) and Gate 2 of Naval Base Guam.

Spanish Bridge in Umatac


Cetty Bay overlook point


Guam Highway 2A

Guam Highway 2A (GH-2A) connects GH-2 to GH-1 in Santa Rita, junctioning with GH-5 along the way.

Junction GH-2A - GH1 in front of the US Naval Base
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Guam Highway 3



GH-3 runs in a south to north direction, from a junction with GH-1 near the Micronesia Mall (Largest shopping center in Western Pacific) in the southern community of Tamuning in a general northeasterly direction to the community of Dededo, where it meets GH-3A and GH-9. In between, it passes the United States Naval Communications Station Finegayan and the Federal Aviation Administration headquarters on the island



Guam Highway 3A
Guam Highway 3A (GH-3A) connects GH-3 and GH-9 to Ritidan Point at the northern tip of the island of Guam in Dededo.





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Guam Highway 4



GH-4 is the major highway along the southeastern coast of Guam, comprising the majority of a loop around the southern half of the island. The highway begins at the south end of GH-2 at the Magellan Monument in Umatac, first going south to the southernmost tip of the island at Merizo and then proceeding along the coast, first eastward to Inarajan and then north to Talofofo and Yona, where it meets GH-17 (Cross Island Road). From there, it turns northwest as it passes through Chalan Pago-Ordot (junctioning with GH-10 and GH-15 to points east) and Sinajana before finally reaching its eastern terminus in Hagta, junctioning with GH-1 (Marine Corps Drive) at Chief Quipuha Park.

Highway 4 south of Inarajan


Highway 4 between Inarajan and Talofofo


Talofofo city limits


Guam Highway 4A
GH-4A connects GH-4 to GH-17 in Talofofo.
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Guam Highway 5



The western end of GH-5 is in Santa Rita at a junction with GH-2A. The roadway runs east and then turns south through Apra Heights, intersecting with the western terminus of GH-17. The eastern end of the roadway is at an intersection with GH-12 at the entrance to the Ordnance Annex.

Guam highway 6



GH-6 creates a diversion along part of GH-1 between Piti and Asan and is the primary means of reaching Nimitz Hill. Both terminii are with GH-1, and the only other major junction is with the terminus of GH-7 near the eastern end, providing access to US Naval Hospital.

Guam Highway 7



The route provides access to two primary locations: US Naval Hospital, Guam, on the north side of the road, and the community of Agana Heights, on the south side. It runs from a Y-junction with GH-6 near that highway's junction with GH-1 eastward toward Tatuhan Park, a unique hilled and triangle-shaped traffic junction just within Hagta. At Tatuhan Park, GH-7 comes down the hill to end at West O'Brien Drive, an unnumbered road that runs roughly south of and roughly parallel to GH-1 and continues eastward to GH-4 and eventually GH-8.
In addition to the Naval Hospital, GH-7 also provides access to Guam's Governor's House, the island's Office of Homeland Security and Civil Defense, and the historic Fort Santa Agueda.

Naval hospital sign along the GH-7


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Guam Highway 8



The route is one of the more important highways in the island. It begins running south from a junction with GH-1 and almost immediately curves eastward into Mongmong-Toto-Maite. It shortly intersects the east end of GH-33, which provides a route into downtown Hagta. From there, the route continues eastward into the community of Barrigada. Towards its east end, GH-8 junctions two other important routes: GH-10 towards Mangilao and the south coast and GH-16 back north towards Tamuning and Dededo. Traffic at the latter junction defaults to GH-16 for travel towards GH-1. GH-8 then curves east-northeast through undeveloped land before emerging at Radio Barrigada, a Naval facility dominated by the Admiral Nimitz Golf Course.

Guam Highway 9



This northern route is a relatively short connector between GH-3 (and its spur route GH-3A) and GH-1, skirting the southern reaches of Andersen Air Force Base. At the western terminus, traffic defaults onto GH-3 heading south back towards Dededo through the Finegayan area while at the eastern terminus, at the main entrance to Andersen AFB, traffic defaults onto GH-1 heading south back into Yigo proper.

GH-3 Andersen AFB entrance sign
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Guam Highway 10



GH-10 begins at a junction off GH-4 near Pago Bay. It trends eastward into the coastal village of Mangilao. GH-10 then turns generally northward and intersects GH-15 before crossing into Barrigada and ending at a junction with GH-8. The road itself continues beyond the intersection into the Tiyan area.

GH-10 and GH-15 intersection in Mangilao


Guam Highway 10A



GH-10A is one of a number of orphaned suffixed routes on Guam; it bears no physical connection to its parent, GH-10 located elsewhere in Barrigada. GH-10A is considered a very important route in its own right, as its primary purpose is to provide access to Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport. It runs from GH-1 in the resort area of Tamuning eastward to GH-16 in Barrigada. The eastern terminus at GH-16 is unique by Guam standards in that it is a grade-separated interchange rather than an intersection. Although the designation ends at GH-16 the road itself continues eastward into Mangilao, eventually connecting with GH-26.
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They follow US road signs
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They follow US road signs
Yes, even if there are some bilingual or trilingual (english, japanese and chamorro) signs, but these are mostly danger signs

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chamorro seems to be one spanish creole language.
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chamorro seems to be one spanish creole language.
Chamorro in fact has around 50% of spanish words in its dictionary (Guam was until 1898 a spanish colony) so it's not wrong to say that's a creole language, even if to be technically correct, it's a hispanic-austronesian language
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Old October 13th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #13
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Great thread.

Ironically even though Guam is considered to be a US Territory, you don't hear much about Guam in the US.
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Guam Highway 11



This spur route from GH-1 runs westward along Cabras Island, a narrow peninsula which forms the northern edge of Apra Harbor. This area houses Guam's commercial port facilities, making GH-11 an important transport route. The Port Authority of Guam is located on this highway within the port facilities. The road's designation ends at the control gate to the access road leading out to the man-made Glass Breakwater (named for Captain Glass, who took Guam for the United States in 1898).

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Guam Highway 12



GH-12 is a short connector route that runs eastward from GH-2 through the northern part of residential Agat towards the Ordnance Annex Naval facility in Santa Rita. At the entrance, GH-12 turns north and connects to GH-5 running north then west.

Guam Highway 14



GH-14, a diversion route off Guam Highway 1, is the resort road of Guam. It and its suffixed child routes are the means to reach the resorts and beaches of Tumon Bay, Guam's primary resort area. The road begins running north off a four-way junction with GH-1 at the Guam International Trade Center building: the busiest intersection on Guam in terms of traffic density. After passing GH-30A, GH-14 passes three schools and the remnants of Guam Greyhound Park: a dog racing track which closed in 2008. GH-14 continues east along Pale San Vitores Road into lower Tumon and Guam's resort strip. As the route curves to the north along the strip, child routes provide quick connections back to GH-1. GH-14 finally itself turns east up the hill at the last connector to end at a direct junction with GH-1.

Guam Greyhound Park. On the background the GH-14 and the roundabout where it continues on Pale San Vitores Rd


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Guam Highway 14A
GH-14A known as Tumon Bay Road, connects GH-14 to GH-1 in Tamuning, approximately halfway along the diversion.

Guam Highway 14B
GH-14B known as Ypao Road, connects GH-14 to GH-1 in Tamuning, approximately halfway between Chalan San Antionio and GH-14A.
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Guam Highway 15



GH-15's route covers mainly the northeast coast of Guam. Beginning off of GH-4 in Chalan Pago-Ordot, GH-15 proceeds eastward into Mangilao, where it intersects GH-10. GH-15 continues east until it approaches the east coast. From there, GH-15 generally follows the coastline. Towards the northern edge of Mangilao, GH-15 meets the southern end of GH-26, heading north towards Dededo. GH-15 eventually crosses into Yigo and starts moving gradually inland. Shortly after passing GH-15's most notable attraction, the Guam International Dragway, GH-15 makes its final major junction, with GH-29, a connector to GH-1 and the main gate to Andersen Air Force Base.

Yigo welcome sign along the GH-15


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Guam Highway 16



GH-16 serves as one of the chief routes of the island's central plateau (named Army Drive), splitting off from GH-8 in Barrigada and turning northeast, skirting around the eastern reaches of Tiyan and the neighboring Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport. A diamond interchange is with GH-10A which heads west back towards the airport's terminals. From the interchange, GH-16 hugs the edge of the plateau, overlooking the Harmon Industrial Park, before turning north-northeast, descending, and forming the border between the communities of Tamuning and Dededo. GH-16 intersects GH-27 and GH-27A before reaching Micronesia Mall and ending at a T-intersection with GH-1, alongside the mall and still on the Tamuning/Dededo border.

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Guam Highway 17



GH-17 (named Cross Island Road) provides a more direct route across the southern part of the island, running from GH-5 in the western village of Santa Rita to GH-4 along the east coast in Yona. GH-4A also splits off the road in Talofofo to provide a more southerly connection to GH-4.

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I'm surprised to see this thread didn't expect anybody to talk about Guam. I was originally from there.
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I'm surprised to see this thread didn't expect anybody to talk about Guam. I was originally from there.
That's cool, also you can tell us more things about Guam, since I've never been there and all pics and infos come from my research on the net. If you have also other pics to post would be great cause it's pretty hard to find Guam's road pics
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