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Lawmaker calls on fiscal board to approve roadwork for Arecibo

Rep. José González Mercado

By The Star Staff

District 14 (Arecibo and Hatillo) Rep. José “Memo” González Mercado demanded on Thursday that the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico approve road rehabilitation contracts in the Arecibo district known as the “Villa del Capitán Correa,” including state highways PR-626, 628 and 637, among others.

“It is implausible that yours truly, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) and, above all, the people of Arecibo, are at the mercy of the Oversight Board that has not acted on the contracts, which are already signed, to begin the rehabilitation work of dozens of kilometers of roads,” González Mercado said. “The delay in the evaluation and approval of these contracts is an act of total insensitivity toward our people and we will not tolerate it.”

“I request, in an expeditious manner, the approval of the contracts, duly developed and processed, for the rehabilitation of state highways PR-626, 628 and 637, among others,” the lawmaker added. “The people in Arecibo do not deserve this, on the contrary, the funds for these works, so necessary to improve the quality of life of our people and promote economic development in the municipality, are duly identified and allocated for the respective projects. There is no reason for the delay.”

González Mercado, who has promoted the reconstruction of the Arecibo road network, stressed that the work “stalled by the bureaucratic process of the Board also endangers the residents of the areas surrounding the aforementioned roads because they are in very bad condition.”

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