Federal investment of $3,000 million in military and civil projects in Puerto Rico
February 3, 2023 | Puerto Rico
Before contractors, cement companies, concrete companies and construction suppliers, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Usace, in English) detailed yesterday the scope and itinerary of the military and civil works that they plan to carry out in Puerto Rico with an investment of more than of $3 billion in 10 years.
“I am pleased to say… that as of today, 100% of the projects that are being carried out in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for the Corps of Engineers are being built by Puerto Rican contractors ,” said engineer Maricarmen Crespo. , drawing applause from the audience.
“These numbers that are here only include our regular mission. When I speak of a regular mission, it is the mission of civil works and military construction. We are not counting on parallel missions such as that of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), with the stabilization of the electrical network or any other pending”, explained Crespo, who works in the area of the Antilles of Usace in the district of Jacksonville, Florida, to which Puerto Rico is attached.
As a sample of the immediate agenda, Crespo highlighted that between 2023 and 2025 more than 10 contracts will be awarded in projects related to: improvements to the San Juan Bay, which include dredging; the Puerto Nuevo river; the Rio Grande de Arecibo; the Caño Martín Peña; and the La Plata River … (Excerpt from El Nuevo Dia)