More than 75% of the roads in Cuba are in regular or poor condition, according to data from the Ministry of Transportation, which has launched a program to curb the deterioration, with emphasis on the National Highway and the Central Highway.
The majority (39%) of the arteries of the island need extensive maintenance, while 37% are in "regular" conditions, specifies a note on the cover of the official Granma newspaper on Tuesday.
In a report presented to the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, authorities of the National Road Center highlighted that although in 2018 9,800 kilometers of "roads of national interest" were repaired, these figures "do not meet the needs of the island."
The poor conditions of the Cuban roads have influenced – along with the negligence of the drivers and the technical damage of the vehicles, mostly with decades of exploitation – in the increase of traffic accidents in Cuba, which registered an average of 29 Daily claims in the first quarter of 2019.
In February of last year the increase in deaths due to massive traffic accidents and the deterioration of the roads led the Cuban official press to demand "agility" in the repair of the roads, especially the unfinished National Highway, to prevent it from continuing being a "cemetery on the asphalt".
According to the National Roads Center, until 2030 they will maintain as "priority investments" the works associated with the development of the tourist pole in the keys to the north of the island and the Mariel Special Development Zone, the star project of the Cuban Government to raise capital Foreign.
They will also work on signaling, sealing cracks, paving and repairing bridges and sewers on the National Highway and the National Highway, the two main roads in the country.
In total, the Cuban road network covers 71,138 kilometers, of which 10,997 are of "national interest" and 2,303 provincial roads.
The National Highway, a megaproject initiated in 1978 and designed to cross Cuba, was interrupted almost 30 years ago when the disappearance of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s plunged the country into the worst economic crisis in its recent history.
Today it connects six provinces in the west and the center of the island, while some sections of the east are still in operation, completed before the work stoppage.
For its part, the Central Highway, considered one of the wonders of Cuban civil engineering, was completed in 1931 and runs through the country from one end to the other along 1,139 kilometers.
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