Roundup: Infrastructure works in progress

- Monday, September 1, 2008

Roundup: Infrastructure works in progress

A total of US$36mn is expected to be invested in the expansion of Ecuador's Santo Domingo-Quevedo-Luján highway, local paper El Comercio reported.

The country's public works and transport ministry (MTOP) is working to determine the relocation of households before the highway's expansion to four lanes.

MTOP will build new alternative roads along the urban areas affected by the project to avoid relocating too many households.

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The ministry is currently working on the tender process to hire a firm to carry out the works.

The Santo Domingo-Quevedo-Luján highway stretch totals 225km. The expansion project is expected to launch before year-end.

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A total of US$1.8mn is being invested in repaving the runway at southern Ecuador's Cuenca airport, paper El Comercio reported.

Local airport operator Corporación Aeroportuaria de Cuenca is responsible for the investment. The airport will remain closed for a total of 14 days while the project is carried out.

Works along the 2km runway include the paving of the parking area for aircraft, along with drainage works.

The airport handles over 1,000 passengers each day. While it is closed, airlines will see a total reduction of US$900,000 in their income.

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The Santa Ana tunnel in Guayaquil city will be closed for four hours a day while the firm Iseltel carries out maintenance works.

Works along the 644m tunnel were launched during the last week of August and are slated to last until end-September.

This is the first time maintenance has been carried out along the tunnel, which began operating in 2002, local paper El Universo quoted municipal public works director Jorge Berrezueta as saying.

Works include the cleanup of the tunnel's ducts, which protect its power network from damage.

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