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Gov’t puts out RFQ for highway PR-10 extension

A notice of requests for qualification has been issued for the proposed construction of an extension of highway PR-10, a 4.6-mile segment of road that will go from Utuado to Adjuntas.

By The Star Staff

The government of Puerto Rico has published a notice seeking requests for qualification for the proposed construction of an extension of highway PR-10, a 4.6-mile (7.5-kilometer) segment of highway from Utuado to Adjuntas.

The announcement was made Sunday by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and the Highways and Transportation Authority (HTA), an agency attached to the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP).

The extension is one of the priority projects of the Pierluisi administration because it would shorten distances between the north and south to the municipality of Ponce.

“With this project we begin an important advancement in road rehabilitation and reconstruction that will have a positive impact on the thousands of citizens living in the municipalities of Utuado and Adjuntas,” the governor said. “The DTOP and the HTA will continue working to complete the road and infrastructure plan that has been designed for our island. Since my administration took over, I have stated that the extension of PR-10 is a priority project of my administration, and we are already acting on that goal. Our people deserve good roads and a safe and reliable road system; I am ensuring that the funds we have available are used for those purposes. It is also important that the private sector is inserted so that we have the necessary investment that results in better roads.”

HTA Executive Director Edwin González Montalvo said the proposed project will be developed in four phases that include the construction of 20 bridges.

“This project seeks to reinforce resilience, since in emergency situations and in response to disasters it would mitigate damage to life, and seeks to sustain access to critical services for thousands of Puerto Ricans,” he said. “Due to the complex environmental nature of the project, it is imperative to use the latest design and construction techniques, which are described in the request for qualifications, so we are very attentive to providing the necessary attention and the promptness required to continue with the work plan of the Highways and Transportation Authority.”

The request for qualifications is the document published by the HTA that contains information about the project and in which proponents are required to submit their qualifications (years of team experience, projects and similar previous experiences, team summaries). Bidding companies will have until Dec. 3 to submit questions about the bid. The deadline for submitting requests for qualifications is Jan. 27, 2022.

DTOP Secretary Eileen Vélez Vega said her department will continue working on maintenance, recovery and innovation in road infrastructure to provide islanders with new and better roads that unite families and improve quality of life.

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