San Juan – The secretary of the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP), engineer Eileen Vélez Vega, presented on Monday, security measures for the express Rafael Martínez Nadal.
“For the first time in Puerto Rico, a new system of barrier or movable metal fence is being used, which will allow a better and safer vehicular flow on the road, particularly when carrying out construction, improvement and maintenance works,” said Vélez Vega in written communication.
“This type of structure complies with the most modern and up-to-date guidelines of MASH (Manual of Assessing Safety Hardware), of the FHWA (Federal Highway Administration). In this way, we are not only repairing one of the busiest highways in the metropolitan area, but we are also transforming it into a safer and world-class one, “he added.
This project, led by the Highway and Transportation Authority (ACT) with combined funds from the FHWA (80.25%) and state (19.75%), is in charge of Desarrolladora JA, Inc., and is divided into two phases:
The UNIT A It consists of the rehabilitation and preservation of the pavement, improvements to safety devices, preservation treatments for slabs in bridges, installation of signage signs and pavement marking.
The UNIT B It consists of the replacement and repair of the lighting system, guard rail, signs, sound barrier and median barrier that were affected by Hurricane María.
“Definitely, these works on the Rafael Martínez Nadal expressway have an extraordinary positive impact, not only because of the urgency that exists in Puerto Rico that all citizens be given decent, quality and safe taxiways, but because they constitute the transformation of much more than a highway. They result in greater economic activity, as well as more and better access to health, security and educational services, among many others ”, he concluded.