Cuban News Agency
Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage toured a new asphalt plant in Havana that is part of an ambitious government program to improve the nationu2;019s road infrastructure now that the economy is experiencing rigorous growth, reports Granma newspaper today.
The modern and environmentally sound plant is located in the municipality of San Jose de las Lajas and it is in the final stage of construction. When finished, it will produce 130 tons of asphalt per hour.
The plant is the first of five to be built to increase the quality and production of asphalt. In addition, Cuba is in the process of acquiring more than 1,000 pieces of machinery for paving, building, and repairing roads. The initial priority will be on the eastern provinces whose roads were hit hard last year by tropical storm Noel.
Lage also spoke about the importance of reinstalling work discipline to ensure that projects are completed on time and meet the required standards. He added that water pipes in need of repair must be fixed before asphalting and that work will be planned to cause the least interruptions and inconveniences to the public.
u2;01CWe have a great challenge ahead of us to make efficient use of all the investment the country is making to offset the accumulated road deterioration of several yearsu2;01D, concluded Lage.