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Restoration of roadway green areas in San Juan gets underway


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo an-nounced Thursday the beginning of the plan for beautifying the capital city’s public roads under the new budget for fiscal year 2021-2022, which focuses partly on restoring San Juan’s green areas as well as its streams and parks.


The mayor said in a written statement that to achieve better results, the municipality will contract four companies to assist in the work.


“The companies contracted for these services will have a trial period of 90 days, in order to con-firm that they fulfill the function of supporting the Municipality and strengthen the cleaning program that San Juan so requires,” Romero Lugo said. “The work that we have in front of us is monumental, but we have designed a work plan that will allow us to meet the established projections.”


The mayor added that “we appreciate the cooperation of citizens during these cleaning peri-ods, as well as the employees of the municipality who will undertake this task that is so important for the socioeconomic boost of our capital city and the improvement of our quality of life. A clean San Juan touches us all.”


The work on the green areas will take place from Monday to Friday and debris removal will take place seven days a week. The Municipality of San Juan, through its Operations and Beautifica-tion Department, will be in charge of the urban areas of Old San Juan, Santurce, Condado and Río Piedras, in addition to the collection of debris and special projects.


The four companies hired by the city council are: Perfect Integrated Services, Xpert, All Green and Cantera Embellece. Perfect Integrated Services will work on the maintenance of 18 state and municipal avenues, while Xpert will cover 18 parks and streams. The All Green company will be in charge of 79 roads in the Cupey area, as well as 86 roads in Caimito. Meanwhile, Cantera Embellece -- a non-profit organization made up of Cantera residents -- will serve nine communities and will be in charge of Cantera, Falú, G8, San José, La Perla, Tras Talleres, Hill Brothers Norte and Sur parcels as well as the Figueroa neighborhood.


Romero Lugo said $5.9 million was budgeted for the hiring of the companies for the current fiscal year.


As part of the investment in the cleanup plan, Romero Lugo also announced that the municipality acquired a Spider brand remote-controlled lawn mower (at a cost of $40,000); a tractor with a side saw to be used to clean roads in rural San Juan (at a cost of $122,000); and five cranes or “spider” trucks to collect debris for about $627,000.


In addition, two directional arrows were purchased at a cost of $14,000 for the protection of employees on public roads.

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