The city of El Torito is preparing to eliminate traffic lights and all intersections blocking the flow of vehicles through an ambitious transportation system that will include construction 17 roundabouts with which the urban area is intended to be connected and resettled.
The project also envisages the creation of a parallel route for cyclists in a fairly wide lane that allows citizens to travel with greater agility to walk a motor vehicle, cycle or bus.
According to the mayor, Rolando Ortiz Velazquez“We want to develop a road infrastructure that allows people to go back to live in the city center”,
“This arrangement of roundabouts is going to connect the entire urban center from the point of view of economic activity through a transport system. Right now, ‘trolleys’ are providing transportation services to citizens, but we still cannot guarantee the arrival service schedule, from origin to destination”Cayey’s explained to the municipal executive.
“This will guarantee that people prefer to use the transport system, especially since Caguas has a transport system that guarantees specific departure and arrival times. In addition, it is an important way to transport people to San Juan. point,” he said.
He also pointed out that there are still around 10 roundabouts to be completed.
“This is an ongoing project; The city must adjust to this new development as it goes along. That, integrated in this way, would allow more people to live in the city center than they can work in or outside the city.He shed light.
“In addition, this system is being built in parallel. motor vehicle route Quite wide, exclusive. It will not be a cycle route within the vehicular transport system, but a separate route. We hope that when the system is over, people will be able to live within the city, use public transport, and also be able to walk or use bicycles as a means of transport,” he said.
It should be noted that the council took many youth and students to visit other cities or countries to better understand the work being done in their city.
“We have managed to get our youth to visit the Netherlands, New York and Spain to inspect transport systems as part of the Citizens effort, to understand what is being done here and Where are we going,” he mentioned.
The new transport system is part of the plan Kay at 40 years oldwhich began in 2005 and integrates the installation of several projects that have already been completed, among them the acquisition of a ball park, a school of fine arts, a theater and hospital which is now municipal.
It also conceptualizes the undergroundization of the electrical system, the reconstruction of the Ramon Fred Leon public square and the restoration of old structures in the urban area, among other important points to renovate the urban area.
Ortiz Velázquez insisted that “The public square is about to end these days and with it, part of the underground electrical system”,
He mentioned that the work done in the square led to the establishment of 15 new businesses in the city center; Activity which has created around 150 jobs.
“It has been possible to develop a culture of entrepreneurs in the arts in the municipal theatre. We have young people who are doing the plays, they are performing them in and out of Kaye, and many people who started attending the School of Fine Arts as students grew up, but also became entrepreneurs. until fans of artTold.
On the other hand, the mayor of Caye spoke of the creation of an urban park. “In the area around the square where 40 cuerdas land is being set aside, we hope that an eco-tourism activity can be developed. This Will be the biggest urban park.”
“It’s a subtle idea of what Central Park is in New York, which also has a river running as part of 40 cuerdas, and which will allow urban ecological living just a few steps from the city center. This urban center Moving on, I would say that in five minutes we are already touching the territory ”, Expose.
Currently, the project is in the asset acquisition phase to enter the design phase and according to the mayor, “we have already acquired over 50% of the property.”
“We are also completing the construction of volleyball courts in the western part of the city and three football fields which have already been finished. In addition to a minor league baseball park in the Gawat neighborhood. The field is in the Montellano neighborhood, and the football field, next to the university field (in Caye of Puerto Rico),” he concluded.