BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri said on Thursday that since he took office in December 2015 the country’s infrastructure projects have ceased being “synonymous with corruption,” but now rather identify themselves with the future and with “the future.”
“The projects have stopped being a synonym for corruption and have returned to being synonymous with the future, with hope, with happiness, which is what we Argentines need,” said the president at the inauguration of the first phase of the expansion of national Highway 5 in the city of Lujan in Buenos Aires province.
The highway is being extended by five kilometers (three miles) of which just 400 meters (about 1,300 feet) remain to be finished, a stretch that Madri said had been “abandoned” a decade ago during Nestor Kirchner’s presidency, a situation that resulted in an “enormous deterioration” and “almost required the replacement of the asphalt bedding.”
In resuming it now, the government says the work should be finished by the end of 2017 and that the road will link up with provincial route No. 7 and, it says, will be a great benefit for the 18,600 vehicles that pass through the zone each day en route from the Argentine capital.
“A very big problem that Lujan has with many Argentine cities has begun to be resolved: that because of the country’s growth, the roads were only serving half the people,” Macri said before adding that such transportation paralysis brings “many problems” to daily life since “it costs many lives and results in the loss of much time” for the public.
Meanwhile, Buenos Aires Gov. Maria Eugenia Vidal said during her remarks at the ceremony that this kind of project will help resolve the “enormous debt” the province has to the public not only on the economic level but also on the “social” level.
The government says that the projects have created about 60 jobs and are part of the construction of a highway covering 8.5 km (5.3 mi.), on which the remaining work will begin in August.
The project is anticipated to cost a total of 773 million pesos (about $51 million).