Post-Maria FEMA projects surpass 9,100
By The Star Staff
The number of projects that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated to the Puerto Rico government since the passage of Hurricane Maria in 2017 total more than 9,100.
The figure represents over $25.9 billion in federal funds for Puerto Rico’s recovery, FEMA announced Thursday.
Hundreds of projects have already been completed while others are in the bidding and procurement stages.
“These awards represent over $19.4 billion for permanent work in various categories,” said José G. Baquero Tirado, FEMA’s federal disaster recovery coordinator in Puerto Rico. “Every day we obligate projects with the goal of allocating funds that will benefit the residents of Puerto Rico and their communities.”
Baquero Tirado also noted that some 1,900 projects are in various stages of approval by the agency.
For road infrastructure, close to $1.3 billion has been approved for more than 2,600 projects related to roads and bridges. Some roads such as PR-184 in the Rivera sector, Camino los Cotto and Rancho Vega ravine in Cayey, as well as PR-825 in Cuesta Varo of the Achiote neighborhood in Naranjito, will be repaired with about $2 million obligated to each of those municipalities for those purposes.