SJ mayor extends cleaning & recovery operations

By John McPhaul

San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo announced Thursday that the cleaning and recovery operations that have been carried out in the island capital will be extended at least until April in order to clean up the accumulation of waste caused by a lack of work plans in recent years.

Romero provided updates on the work being conducted by the municipality, noting that over 7,500 tons of debris have already been collected through the elimination of clandestine landfills, removal of scrap metal, cleanups in neighborhoods, parks and recreational facilities, and removal of abandoned vehicles.

The expanded recovery work will include resurfacing and repairing municipal roads, lighting work in public areas, signs, and rehabilitation of abandoned green areas.

“There is still a lot to complete, which is why we are extending the large-scale recovery operation efforts that began last January when I took office as mayor until at least April,” Romero said. “I am very grateful for the work and effort of our municipal Operations and Beautification employees. Our team is focused on recovering our capital and keeping it in optimal condition for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors.”

The mayor said that “to date, 7,600 tons of debris have been collected in 482 sectors and roadways with 1,673 trips carried out.”

“Also, in three large-scale scrap metal collection operations, our Municipal Police, along with the Operations and Beautification team, have collected 220 units of junk vehicles from our streets,” Romero added.

The recovery efforts also have included the repair of more than 35 sewers in various communities, and more than 100 storm sewers have received maintenance, the mayor said.

Meanwhile, municipal crews have carried out resurfacing work on four main thoroughfares in San Juan — De Diego Avenue and Southeast 9, Southeast 54 and Southeast 52 streets — with the deposit of 1,200 tons of pavement, Romero said. In addition, 125 municipal road signs have been installed; 900 linear feet of sidewalks, curbs and shoulders have been repaired; and 2,800 linear feet of canals and streams have been cleared. In green areas, 37 roads, municipal streets and avenues, along with 61 parks and the four municipal cemeteries, have received maintenance.

“The revitalization and optimization efforts will continue,” the mayor said. “The neglect that we suffered in recent years was more than evident. We invite San Juan residents to make good use of our green and recreational areas and we urge them to defend their capital and support our work by keeping the surroundings clean and in good condition. Caring for San Juan is everyone’s responsibility.”

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