Colombia reports early advances on 4G highway

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Colombia's national infrastructure agency (ANI) has reported that works have begun ahead of schedule on certain sections of the Pacífico 3 concession, which is part of the 4G highway program

Works have started early on the four-lane divided highway in La Manuela and Tres Puertas municipalities, as well as maintenance on the existing roads between Tres Puertas and Irra, including two bypasses at the Las Cabras sector, as well as on a 4km bypass in La Virginia municipality that is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.

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The regulator also pointed to "great progress" on the maintenance of the road between Irra and La Felisa, with the construction of containment structures for its expansion.

It is estimated that other works to build a new tunnel at Irra will begin in April, the agency stated in a press release.

The Pacífico 3 Highway is part of the 4G highway plan and it involves an estimated investment of 1.86tn pesos (US$650mn). It entails works on 146km of roads, as well as the construction of 74 bridges, two tunnels, eight intersections, four toll areas and 30.6km of additional works.

ANI estimates that the works will create 1,450 jobs during the construction phase.

The concession for the project is held by Construcciones El Cóndor, Constructora Meco and MHC Ingenieria y Construcción de Obras Civiles.