Puerto Rico to invest $652M to repair crumbling roads

April 9, 2018 GMT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor plans to invest $652 million to repair and maintain the U.S. territory’s crumbling roads over the next three years.

Ricardo Rossello said Monday that an initial $80 million in local funds will target areas in critical condition, which represent up to 8 percent of all roads across the island. He said results will be noticeable in six months and repairs will involve more than 780 miles (1,260 kilometers) of roads.

Rossello said $250 million of the total is coming from the federal government.

Puerto Ricans have long been frustrated with the state of roads across the island, which worsened when Hurricane Maria hit as a Category 4 storm in September. Several social media sites have been created to warn drivers about dangerous potholes and their locations.