The federal government has allocated 2.7 billion pesos (US $142 million) for repairs and new construction of highways in Oaxaca.
September’s earthquakes did some damage to the state’s roads but the rain that fell in the months before took a serious toll on highway infrastructure. In all, a whopping 87% of the state’s highways and roads sustained damage, and three bridges were destroyed.
Of the expenditures announced this week by the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), 900 million pesos to be obtained through the federal natural disaster fund (Fonden) will be spent on road and bridge reconstruction in six of the eight geographical regions of the state.
The release of disaster relief funds was triggered by seven emergency declarations issued by the federal government for Oaxaca over the summer and early fall: two correspond to the two major earthquakes and five were issued in response to damage caused by heavy rains, hurricanes and flash flooding.
The SCT’s Oaxaca representative, Javier Lazcano Vargas, said that of the three bridges that collapsed this year two have already been rebuilt and the third, connecting the city of Ixtaltepec, should be functional by December 20.
Lazcano explained that 1.8 billion pesos are to be spent on maintenance and modernization of 3,100 kilometres of roads, including the conclusion of the highways linking Oaxaca City and Puerto Escondido, Mitla and Tehuantepec, Acayucan and La Ventosa and Puerto Escondido and Pochutla.
Among other infrastructure that suffered during an eventful summer were the 20 public markets that were destroyed. Lazcano said the SCT “adopted” the reconstruction of the market in Matías Romero, allocating 3.4 million pesos to the 300-stall project and finishing it in a record two months.
Source: Milenio (sp)