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$28 million repaving & reconstruction project on PR-30 in Humacao gets underway

“This work will positively impact all drivers,” said Highways and Transportation Authority Executive Director Edwin González Montalvo, seen at left. (Gov. Pedro Pierluisi/Facebook)

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced on Wednesday that, after a million-dollar investment of state and federal funds, the pavement rehabilitation and reconstruction project on busy highway PR-30 near the municipality of Humacao is underway.

The governor was accompanied by Highways and Transportation Authority (ACT by its Spanish initials) Executive Director Edwin González Montalvo and Humacao Mayor Julio Geigel Pérez.

“This is key work for all people who drive to Humacao and the eastern area through PR-30, an essential highway for the transportation of residents and merchants,” the governor said in a written statement. “The rehabilitation of the pavement and the reconstruction of PR-30 at kilometer 25.4 to kilometer 28.55 entails an investment of nearly $28 million in federal and state funds.”

Pierluisi noted that the road work includes the removal and rehabilitation of the concrete pavement and the flexible pavement, as well as essential improvements to bridges 1244 and 1248. In addition, improvements will be made to the drainage system to prevent future damage, protective metal barriers will be installed and concrete barriers will be built. Likewise, new visible signage, thermoplastic pavement marking and other additional work will be performed to guarantee the safety of the road.

The project is expected to be completed in September of next year.

The ACT chief said: “This work will positively impact all drivers.”

Geigel Pérez, the Humacao mayor, added that PR-30 “is a crucial highway for the thousands of drivers who travel to and from our town of Humacao.”

The improvements to PR-30 join a series of projects being conducted by the DTOP and ACT to update several roads in the eastern region of the island. For example, rehabilitation work is being carried out on the PR-30 lighting system at kilometer 6.6 to 7.7 and from 14.4 to 29.5, with an investment of almost $5 million. “This provides better lighting for those traveling around the towns of Gurabo, Juncos, Las Piedras and Humacao, and should be completed around May of this year,” the governor said.

Another $4.2 million, meanwhile, is being invested in the repaving of highways PR-3, PR-916, PR-918, PR-9209, PR-980 and PR-9905, which benefit residents of and visitors to the towns of Ceiba, Las Piedras, San Lorenzo and Yabucoa. Those works should be completed in August of this year.

At the same time, bridge 116 over Quebrada Ceiba on PR-3 is being replaced with an investment of $8.4 million, which benefits those traveling to Fajardo, Naguabo and the town of Ceiba, as well as residents of Tarawa Street and the Santa María urbanization. The bridge work should be completed in August.

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