Colombia starts works on new section of US$745mn highway

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Colombian transport minister Ángela Orozco has launched construction works on unit 7 of the Villavicencio-Yopal highway corridor, one of the projects being carried out under the 4G concessions program and which entails a total investment of 2.4tn pesos (US$746mn).

This new unit, which connects the municipality of Aguazul with the city of Yopal (both in Casanare department), involves upgrading the existing 25.7km road and building an additional lane along that section. Other works include rehabilitation and upgrade of 16 existing bridges and building 18 new ones, the transport ministry said in a release.

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One of the new bridges will replace a previous structure over the Charte river (Yopal) that collapsed in 2016. Works on the new 150m structure started on December 10.

With the start of works on unit 7, the project has now two stretches under construction, following the start of unit 1 last month. This stretch involves works on 25.6km between Villavicencio and Cumaral (Meta department), of which 17.5km will be converted into a four-lane highway, according to the website of concessionaire Covioriente.

Back in October, the concessionaire and the transport ministry signed an amendment to the contract in order to facilitate the start of construction, giving Covioriente four months to begin works on all seven units. In total, the concession entails 262km and is expected to be fully operational in three years.