OFFICIAL BULLETIN, Cuban National Committee,
National Committee for the
Reception of the United Spanish War Veterans
Number 2, Thirtieth
National Emcampment, U.S.W.V., Oct. 7 to 12, 1928
Carlos Miguel de Cespedes
Secretary of Public Works
Cuba's Dynamic Genius
Builder of the Central
MAP of Central Highway
An outstanding feature of the administration of President
Machado is the construction of the "Carretera Central," the
Highway that will traverse Cuba from end to end. This
artery of national communication will unite the principal
cities of the
island. With its lateral it will not only open traffic
six provinces but will provide a desirable trade within the
themselves. Communities that have remained stationary
for lack of egress will now develop and flourish.
Great as it is, this highway construction forms only part of
pretentious administrative program, which includes virtually
works and institutions. Our towns are to have adequate
waterworks, hospitals, asylums and schools. Homes will
aged and needy, child welfare will receive close attention,
agricultural and farm help will be provided.
The Central Highway–its importance merits the capitals–is
to a width of six meters (the meter is 39.37 inches) between
with a dirt pathway on each side one and three-quarters
wide. Portions passing through towns and cities are
eight meters exclusive of sidewalks.
Through its entire length the highway has a concrete base
(nearly six inches) thick. This is covered with the
paving material known as "Warrenite Bitulite." Through
cities this is substituted by granite blocks.
The Central Highway is being built by two entities.
Co., of Boston, Mass., has the contract for Pinar del Rio,
Camagüey and Oriente provinces, while the Compañia Cubana
de Contratistas (Cuban Contractors Co.) has Matanzas and
provinces. Between them there reigns that spirit of
rivalry as to which best can work and best can serve.
say both are giving ample proofs of their efficiency and
Steel bridges along the highway are being constructed under
supervision of the H.C. Nutting Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio,
when built in
the United States and by an engineer of the Department of
when fabricated in Cuba.
In all concrete work government inspectors view the mixing
materials and test the product, which must conform strictly
requirements as to strength and composition. Division
engineers are obligated to inspect all construction before
and require strict conformity to specifications.
Work is now progressing on 23 or the 32 sections into which
Highway is divided. All grading will have been
completed by the
end of this year with the prospect of early completion of
parts of which, like the popular Havana-Guanajay stretch–are
open, giving rich promise of the future Cuba.
To show how rapidly the work is advancing it may be
explained that of
the 383 bridges, culverts, drains and similar structures to
213 have already been finished, leaving only 170, all of
When the great Cuban road is completed it will constitute
one of the
world's most picturesque highways, passing through a
variety of tropical scenery and flora. The
incomparable beauty of
the "Pearl of the Antillas" becomes of easy access!
Of Carlos Miguel de Cespedes, Cuba's dynamic Secretary of
little need be said. His genius is changing the face
Republic. The "dreams of Cuba's Jules Verne" are being
to the joy of his friends and adherents and to the confusion
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