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San Juan mayor unveils $209.5 million infrastructure work plan


The San Juan municipal government will undertake the development and revitalization of infrastructure in the Capital City, to be executed over the next 36 months with a budget of $209.5 million.

By The Star Staff


San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo presented a comprehensive work agenda on Monday for the development and revitalization of infrastructure in the Capital City, to be executed over the next 36 months with a budget of $209.5 million.


Romero Lugo said the work will be developed thanks to grants obtained from the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds under the City Revitalization Program, as well as local funds.


Under the category of Federal Transit Administration projects, with a budget of $22.1 million, the city council will be making improvements in the surroundings of the mass transit stops for sidewalks, lighting and compliance with requirements of the American Disability Act, better known as the ADA law. Likewise, they will carry out improvements in the terminals of the Metropolitan Bus Authority in the Sur, Palerm and Capetillo stations. Another part of the budget will be invested in the planning and development of improvements for the connector walkway between Miramar and Condado.


Meanwhile, through the FEMA grants, the municipality will have funds for 316 obligated projects with a budget of $91 million. Those works are intended to improve roads, water control, buildings and parks.


To date, 113 facilities, or 36% of the projects, have gone out to bid, with a disbursement of $12 million. It is projected that in the next 18 months, 203 facilities will go out to bid.


Under the category of CDBG-DR projects, which are aimed at revitalizing city centers and addressing the shortage of affordable housing, the municipal administration has an allocation of $74.2 million for work various sectors such as Old San Juan, Puerta de Tierra, Río Piedras, Hato Rey, Santurce, Cupey and Las Curías.

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