Govt spending on rural roads reaches US$26.5mn in 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Venezuela's government has spent 114mn bolívares (US$26.5mn) in 2011 to repair 5,680km of rural roads.

The kilometer figure marks an 88% increase over the 3,029km of rural roads repaired in 2010, according to a report from the agriculture and lands ministry (MAT).

The projects were carried out under the government's AgroVenezuela program which aims to expand road access to agricultural producers to improve the transport of products, according to state news agency AVN.

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Work involved filling potholes, repairing bridges, paving and maintenance and was carried out by community council members, agricultural producers, ministries, local government, and additional government bodies.

Venezuela's transport and communications ministry (MTC) plans to rehabilitate some 1,700km of its rural road network in 2012, according to the director of the infrastructure ministry's rural roads department (Sava), Alfredo Miranda.