Colombia’s National Roads Institute (Invias) announced Monday that it has set aside over $800,000 in finite resources to attend to future roadway emergencies caused by rain damage in certain parts of the country.
Invias added that with the support of their own contractors, through projects with 303 “micro-businesses” and 79 roadway administrators, and with the help of Highway Police and local authorities, they will “supervise the national roads widely and at length” in order to give a solution to “whatever emergency presents itself.”
In an early Monday press release, the government based institute identified 12 of 32 departments that are at normally at risk of suffering emergencies due to rain during the winter.
“Valle del Cauca, Cauca, Tolima, Cundinamarca, Antioquia, the Santanders, Cauca and Nariño, as well as those in the coffee region (Risaralda, Caldas y Quindio), have been determined regions of the country that suffer…due to the winter,” according to a study done by Invias.
The roadway watchdog will work with the proper authorities of these areas to “prevent and attend to whatever eventuality comes.”
Many reported bus crashes in Colombia are often due to problems with damaged roads.