Venezuelan government announced road recovery plan

The Government announced on Wednesday a plan that provides for the recovery and maintenance of more than 3,800 kilometers of roads

In order to improve the conditions of roads and streets in Caracas and the 23 states of Venezuela, the Government announced on Wednesday a plan that includes the recovery and maintenance of more than 3,800 kilometers of roads, for which about 2.26 million tons of asphalt will be used, according to the Ministry of Transport.

The Minister of Transport, Ramón Celestino Velásquez Araguayán, indicated that the ‘National Plan of Integral Care to Roads 2024’ seeks to “improve mobility within cities” and “guarantee the safety and quality” of roads, according to a press release from his office.

In addition, the minister detailed that an inspection of more than 18,000 kilometers of road infrastructure was carried out, to establish the “actions necessary for maintenance and improvement” and to define “priority areas of work”.

“Our goal is to provide Venezuelans with quality roads that facilitate their mobility and contribute to the economic development of the country,” said the official, who invited the private sector to join this plan, in which regional and local authorities will participate.

The press release does not specify which areas will be targeted first, when this programme will start, or how long it will last.

According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the country’s infrastructure, whose economy fell by 75% between 2013 and 2021, has deteriorated in terms of public services, roads and transport, largely due to lack of maintenance, according to experts.

Civil engineer Celia Herrera, president of the Sociedad de Ingeniería de Transport y Vialidad (Sotravial), told this month that new investment models with combined sources of public and private capital are required to recover the country’s road network.

K. Tovar

Source: Swissinfo

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