FEMA obligates $9.5 million for Puerto Rico Transportation Dept.
SAN JUAN – FEMA announced Wednesday an obligation of more than $9.5 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works, or DTOP. The funds are for replacing signs on 238 roads covering approximately 496 miles in the Aguadilla, Arecibo and San Juan regions.
FEMA works with the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, or COR3, through the federal agency’s Public Assistance program to obligate recovery funds to private nonprofit organizations, municipalities and Puerto Rico government agencies for expenses related to 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria. To date, nearly $6.9 billion has been awarded to Puerto Rico as part of FEMA’s Public Assistance program.
Some 890,000 residents comprising much of the northern and western region of the island will benefit from these funds, which will help provide drivers with necessary road signage, the agency said.
“With the obligation of these funds, we will continue to work aggressively in the installation of the over 18,000 road signs affected by Hurricane Maria. As we promised, through various programs, including Abriendo Caminos, we have returned to the island a first-rate state road system that we should be proud of. We thank FEMA for this $9.5 million obligation, which brings the total assigned for these projects to $28 million,” said DTOP Secretary Carlos Contreras Aponte.
The funds will address signs and road markers in 93, 122 and 23 road sections in the regions of Aguadilla, Arecibo and San Juan, respectively, FEMA explained. Repairs include removing and replacing aluminum road signs, steel posts and their concrete foundations as well as replacing aluminum plates with reflective sheeting signs.