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    PR-10 to cost $30 million more

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2002.

    By Proviana Colon Diaz of WOW News

    Complete construction of highway PR-10, will cost $90 million, $30 million more than expected as authorities have decided to build part of the road on elevated bridges in order to save the mountains between Utuado and Adjuntas, Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) Secretary Jose Izquierdo said Monday.

    Construction on the road will be divided into three phases, first the road to Utuado, then the phase to Adjuntas and last the stretch between the two municipalities.

    “It will cost more, but with a little bit more we save the area that was so devastated during the first phase of the project,” Izquierdo said.

    In the area where most mountains are located instead of tearing them down, bridges will be built, causing a need for more infrastructure and thus, a $30 million increase.

    The engineer said bridges would also be constructed on PR-2 in the area between Mayaguez and Ponce and eliminate the some 16 stop lights on the road and reducing traveling time by at least half an hour.

    Plans to complete a road from Ponce to Arecibo are also underway and construction is expected to be completed by 2006.

    Izquierdo made his statements on Monday during a press conference outside the Panamerican Pier in Isla Grande, to announce the accomplishment of Gov. Sila Calderon’s promise to invest $1.2 billion in infrastructure for the island.

    The DTPW Secretary noted that out of the 220 projects that were programmed to go up for bid during the last trimester of 2001 some 201 were adjudicated. The remaining 19 projects did not go up of for bid as a result of several problems, including archeological findings at some sites, or delay in obtaining permits to begin construction.

    “Most of these projects were in the housing and public works that came from the Infrastructure and Financing Authority,” Izquierdo said.

    Izquierdo also announced plans by the government to invest $2 billion during 2002.

    Most of the $2 billion will be invested by the Highway and Transportation Authority with a $616 million inversion. Aside from the completion of PR-10 and PR-2, there are plans to purchase 14 man operated trucks and 11 robotic ones specially made to repair the cracks on the island roads.

    In addition some $493 million will be invested in the Public Building Authority, which will go to build, among other things, public schools and $365 million will go to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

    PREPA will use its money to install underground wiring in the metropolitan area as well as installing a 230-volt line from Ponce to Aguas Buenas at a cost of $230 million.