The cake to be distributed by the Axel Kicillof government to the municipalities for infrastructure works was multiplied by eight: went from $ 2 billion in the onset year of the pandemic a $ 17 billion for the election year.
And within this increase, the mayors of all political parties, both in Greater Buenos Aires and in the interior of Buenos Aires, mostly they secured pavements for their cities.
At the end of last year the governor sent his first budget to the Legislature – in 2020 he managed with the 2019 budget extended – and projected for the electoral year to distribute $ 7,000 million by the Municipal Infrastructure Fund (FIM), for works carried out by mayors.
The asphalt works, key in the electoral year in districts of the entire Conurbano, such as Vicente López.
In the negotiation with the opposition (Together for Change dominates the provincial Senate), the FIM grew to $ 12 billion, now joined by another $ 5 billion of the “Municipal Infrastructure Emergency Program of the Province of Buenos Aires” (PREIMBA), which is downloaded by the Ministry of Public Works of the Nation, led by Gabriel Katopodis, mayor of the municipality of San Martín in use of license.
Thus they reach the total of $ 17 billion, which they agreed to distribute equitably to the 135 districts of the province.
But unlike the first two years of management of former governor María Eugenia Vidal, and with the argument of the collection that was altered by the pandemic, the Legislature agreed that half of the FIM will be distributed by the Unique Coefficient of Distribution of the Coparticipation of the Province to the municipalities; and the other 50% for the 2019 tax revenue of the districts.
The truth is that in March the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Province distributed an advance of 30% to the works presented by the mayors and another 20% must be drawn before the end of this month, always for work projects that the mayors presented to the Province, where asphalt prevails.
“The 2021 budget has a record value in public works of $ 120 billion and in the Legislature they asked for a municipal execution percentage. With the FIM of $ 12 billion and the PREIMBA, of $ 5 billion, that’s $ 17 billion out of $ 120 billion, 14% “, he assures Clarion Augustine Simone, Minister of Infrastructure of the Province.
“With the technical ok of rapid approval we allow them to start the tender, that is why most of the municipalities launched their tenders between March and April”, highlights Simone, and counts more than 200 works initiated by the FIM in 107 of the 135 municipalities of the province
In general, they are short works of no more than six months of execution, so many will be finished while the electoral campaign is developing and the elections, after the pandemic ran the PASO in September and the general elections in November.
Today, for municipalities, converting a block of dirt into one of concrete costs around about $ 6 million. While the ton of black material for patching climbs to almost $ 10 thousand, when at the end of 2015 it was around $ 1,500. This is because the black material, by its components, is tied to the price of oil.
The mayors of Greater Buenos Aires, whether from the Frente de Todos or Juntos por el Cambio, opted mostly for asphalt.
In the South zone, the Peronist Mariano cascallares (Admiral Brown) secured $ 248 million for the “paving of new arteries that would serve as interconnections between the different neighborhoods.”
While the opponent Nestor Grindetti (Lanús), was authorized to carry out the reconstruction of 8,600 square meters (m2) of pavement in the center of Lanús Este (for $ 72,874,560), 10,350 m2 of pavement in the center of Lanús Oeste, 4,294 tons of mixture for resurfacing and asphalt patching of 92,550 meters ($ 87,321,340sq), and another $ 88 million to improve the streets of the district.
A similar recipe chose Juan Jose Mussi (Berazategui) with the expansion of Avenida Dr. Sabín ($ 65,844,722.9) and improvements to Avenida 21 ($ 48,108,501.40); Also the wayward Maximo Kirchner in the fight for the leadership of PJ Bonaerense, Fernando Gray (Esteban Echeverría), who will use $ 165,019,200 to pave 25,600 m2 of asphalt concrete, another 3,500 m2 of potholes and the placement of 100 speed reducers .
Or the stainless Alejandro Granados, only mayor in the history of Ezeiza, founded in 1995, which for $ 94,097,400 will connect the Industrial Pole and the Ezeiza Industrial Park.
Among the projects for use by the FIM, they also contemplate asphalt or pothole Andres Watson (Florencio Varela); Mayra mendoza (Quilmes), Fernando Espinoza placeholder image (The slaughter); Alejo Chornobroff (Avellaneda), the 30-year-old who replaces Jorge Ferraresi who took over as Minister of Territorial Development and Habitat; Ariel sujarchuk (Escobar); Fernando Moreira (San Martín), replacement for Gabriel Katopodis, current Minister of Public Works of the Nation; Alberto Barefoot (Ituzaingó); Mario ishii (José C. Paz); Leonardo Nardini (Malvinas Argentinas); Gustavo Menendez (Merlo); Diego Valenzuela (February 3), Mariel Fernández (Brown); Y Lucas Ghi (Hummock).
Works on other fronts
In addition to the execution of works by the mayors themselves through the FIM and PREIMBA, we also begin to see works executed by the Province itself through Provincial Roads, and by the Nation managed before Katopodis, in addition to “the bridges of Massa “, as they call the works that arrive through the Ministry of Transportation of the Nation.
Under the title “Construction and rehabilitation of urban corridors in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires”, the Ministry of Public Works of the Nation has already begun with the resurfacing of high traffic avenues in the suburbs such as the former Rivadavia (now Néstor Kirchner) in Ituzaingó.
Those jobs were divided into five sectors. Zone one includes Vicente López, San Isidro, San Martín, San Fernando, Tigre, Malvinas Argentinas, Escobar, Zárate, and Campana; the second to: Tres de Febrero, San Miguel, Moreno, José C. Paz, Pilar, General Rodríguez, Luján and Exaltación de la Cruz; the three to: Morón, La Matanza, Hurlingham, Ituzaingó, Merlo, Marcos Paz, Las Heras; the fourth: Lomas de Zamora, Almirante Brown, Esteban Echeverría, President Perón, Ezeiza, San Vicente, Brandsen and Cañuelas; and five to: Avellaneda, Lanús, Quilmes, Berazategui, Florencio Varela, Ensenada, Berisso and La Plata.
They inaugurated the first of the 13 vehicular bridges over the Sarmiento railway line built by the state-owned Tandanor.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Transportation announced the installation of 13 bridges that the state-owned Tandanor is building on the Sarmiento railway line, all in Greater Buenos Aires. A little over a week ago they set up the first in San Antonio de Padua, Partido de Merlo, which they christened Mario Meoni, and the closing of the inaugural act was the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Sergio Massa.
In addition to these bridges, the Ministry of Transportation also tendered several tunnels in La Matanza, Escobar, Hurlingham, Malvinas Argentinas, Moreno, San Fernando, Tres de Febrero, among other districts.
The first of the 13 vehicular bridges over the Sarmiento railway line was built in San Antonio de Padua, Merlo and was christened by Mario Meoni.
Beyond the elections
“We have just launched the call for bids for the first section of the Camino de Cintura, it is financed by the CAF (Development Bank of Latin America, formerly known as the Andean Development Corporation). It will begin in La Matanza, it will have docks for public transport “, confirmed the Minister of Infrastructure Simone, who ruled out a Metrobus on the Camino de Cintura, as announced by the previous government in 2018 but did not build.
They will also work on Route 21, 58, or 14 in Florencio Varela, but they will only start in a few weeks and completion is expected next year. “We are going to be in 10 billion pesos of international loan execution, but due to the dynamics of the beginning of the works, just next year it has to be much higher and that is why the investment should be tripled”, Simone details .
Through CAF, the Province also started the work on the Luján River. “It is a work that at the beginning the execution curves, do not demand so much money until they catch a good rhythm”, points out the Buenos Aires Minister of Infrastructure, who was previously Secretary of the Treasury of the municipality of Mercedes.
In San Antonio de Areco they enabled a 5-kilometer section of a rural road between Provincial Routes 51 and 31.
And towards the interior of the Province, they began with the improvement of rural roads with a technology that Vialidad assures that until now they had not used.
“We launched two schemes, one is done by agrarian development through agreements with municipalities so that mayors have money to build municipal roads. And the other from Provincial Roads, which has a new provincial rural road repair scheme – Simone points out. “We define the first 1,200 kilometers for this year.”
“Within the rural roads that are provincial, the works are tendered through Vialidad, trenches, bridges, culverts are made and at the end an improved filling is put in but with something new: an ionized material that waterproofs, it is something very modern that in Argentina it was being used by mining companies. That allows the road to be passable even if it rains. And also, in the tender we include a year of maintenance, which guarantees that each kilometer intervened during the next 5 years will be in good condition “, he concludes Simone.