Mexico's Durango state plans major highway works for 2017

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The government of Durango state in northern Mexico has announced that three major road construction projects will be launched next year, according to a government statement.

The works to be carried out include the upgrade of the Durango-Parral federal highway, the construction of a second beltway for the city of Gómez Palacio and the continuation of the Los Herrera-Tamazula highway.

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State governor José Aispuro said that Durango was allocated 1.37bn pesos (US$66.6mn) for road infrastructure works in the federal budget for next year, the second largest sum allocated to any Mexican state for this purpose.

At a meeting with representatives of a local construction chamber, the governor said that his administration will support local construction companies in their efforts to obtain the contracts to carry out the works planned for the state.

The governor also said that providing maintenance works for the state's highways will continue being a priority for his administration.

For next year, the federal government had proposed to allocate 77.7bn pesos to the transport ministry's budget, 7.87bn pesos of which would be used for road maintenance and repairs. Earlier this month, the Mexican congress decided to amend the federal budget proposal and allocate 84.6bn pesos to the transport ministry.