The city of San Juan plans on repairing 45 roads within the city with the help of a $5 million loan.
The outdated roads in San Juan has been an issue for Lino Rodriguez who has lived on East Salazar Street for over 10 years.
“I wish they did fix it, because our vehicles are messing up,” Rodriguez said.
The city won’t have to pay the loan back until the roads are complete, according to San Juan Mayor San Juanita Sanchez.
“Many of these roads were built 20, 30 years ago and unfortunately the actual planning of maintenance was something that was never really looked at,” Sanchez said.
Geotechnical studies categorized San Juan streets using words such as “failed, serious, and very poor”, according to Sanchez.
“We’re looking to use an innovation in street building we saw up in North Texas and that’s why the inclusion of an emulsion,” said Sanchez. “If it gets approved and engineers let us go with that, we’re looking at extending the life of a street to 10 years, 20 years.”
The road projects will be divided into two phases. The first phase of construction is expected to begin by summer.
Sanchez said that a small portion of the $5 million will be used for other city projects. The exact amount has not been decided yet.