El Salvador and the Korean International Cooperation Agency will invest in the installation of GPS devices on bus routes

The head of the Ministry of Public Works, Romeo Rodríguez, stated in an interview that a million-dollar agreement will be signed with a South Korean cooperation agency for the installation of GPS in two public transportation bus routes. «Today we will sign a $2.2 million cooperation agreement with KOICA, which is the Korea International Cooperation Agency, to place GPS and other types of controls on routes 42 and 152 and improve the service,» Rodríguez said.

Today, the Minister met with representatives of the KOICA to evaluate the Urban Transportation Master Plan andTraffic Signal System Improvement Project.

Likewise, the minister pointed out that the intelligent traffic lights project has already been awarded, whose installation will begin next year. This has an investment of $49,000,000, and currently, the studies of the intersections where there is a greater vehicular influx are being completed.

The technology is used to identify the number of vehicles, the official noted.

At the same time, he emphasized that for next year various maintenance works will be carried out together with the Road Conservation Fund (FOVIAL), in which more than $80 million will be invested. In addition, he stressed that this will allow the generation of thousands of jobs for the population.

«In January, we will give the order to start maintenance works at 7,218 kilometers. We have already awarded $83.65 million. We estimate the generation of 18,000 direct and indirect jobs,» Rodríguez said.

Finally, the minister announced that the relocation of the high voltage poles located in the central area of the highway to the Port of La Libertad, in the section that goes from the Utila roundabout to the La Joya shopping center, has already been completed.

«This will allow us to advance with the paving of the three lanes that have led to San Salvador. Due to quality controls, once it is paved, we will have to wait ten days to signpost it,» Rodríguez stressed.