Governor Pierluisi announces landslide repair work on the PR-10 highway in Utuado – El Sol de Puerto Rico newspaper

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Utuado, November 1, 2022. – The Governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, in conjunction with the Executive Director of the Highways and Transportation Authority (ACT), Dr. Edwin González Montalvo, announced the start of repair work on areas of the PR highway -10 in Utuado, which had landslides, after hurricanes Irma and María. The governor also announced approval by the Federal Department of Housing to include the PR-10 extension among the projects to be funded with CDBG-MIT funds.

“The extension of the PR-10 motorway from Arecibo to Ponce is one of the priority projects of my administration and which is already making significant progress. For the first time, we have succeeded in convincing the Federal Ministry of Housing to finance a highway project of this magnitude, the investment of which is estimated at $550 million. Likewise, today we are announcing another large group of improvement projects for the PR-10. To ensure safety motorists, it is essential that repairs be carried out on the landslide areas that this area has suffered.With an investment of 78.9 million dollars, these improvements will be carried out between kilometers 41.6 and 47.5 of this highway in the city of Utuado, which connects other municipalities, which will provide greater resilience to the region,” the governor said.

The investment for the work, which is being done between the ACT and eastern federal lands, comes from funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and has an estimated duration of two years. They include the construction of four bridges, including a 36 meter long bridge at km 41.9 and three additional bridges between km 44.7 and 45.2; In addition, work is underway on the construction of a “Box Culvert”; the repair of landslides with the construction of reinforced earth structures, gabion walls, earth nailed walls and concrete walls; improvements to drainage systems; milling of existing asphalt, surface asphalt, pavement marking, installation of cat’s eyes and 2,045 meters of safety barriers, among other complementary works.

“The state of our bridges and highways has a direct impact on the quality of life for the people of Puerto Rico, so everyone has my commitment to continue working with our communities to ensure these projects are worked on as a priority to ensure access to all communities. In the same way, we will continue to identify funds to not only continue the improvements of all our road infrastructures, but also to ensure that they are properly maintained, so that they are safe, “said the governor.

The PR-10 repairs will allow better access to the Armando Reyes Padilla Vocational School, the CESCO and PREPA offices in Utuado, as well as the elderly communities and schools in the area, among others. In addition, it will have a positive impact on the residents and drivers of the towns of Adjuntas, Ponce, Hatillo, Arecibo, Lares, Ciales and Jayuya.

For his part, the Executive Director of ACT, assured that “we are committed to the economic development of Puerto Rico and the road safety of all Puerto Ricans. Last fiscal year, we paid out $259 million for jobs that directly impacted Puerto Rico’s economy. Today, we continue to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to safety for all, as well as development that connects our communities, prioritizing safety,” concluded the ACT Executive Director.

Among the most important projects are the rehabilitation of the roadway and the improvement of the safety of the PR-2 from Sabana Grande to Guánica; the replacement of the bridge on the PR-2 highway, on the PR-359, in Yauco; and the repair of landslides on PR-459 in Isabela. In total, there are 91 active projects that will enable more comfortable and safer transit for all drivers, across the island.

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