Chile's public works ministry (MOP) will invest more than 87bn pesos (US$185mn) in south-central region VII infrastructure during 2011, according to regional MOP director Juan Espinoza Pacheco.
In addition, regional development fund FNDR will provide 14.3bn pesos for infrastructure projects in the region this year, MOP said in a release.
One of the largest projects is the final 28km stretch of the Pehuenche international pass, which will cost an estimated 21bn pesos, Espinoza said.
Initiatives also involve the construction of roadways and bridges, expanding rural potable water systems, building stormwater drainage systems, flood protection works and the completion of the Ancoa reservoir.
The highway department plans to carry out 42 new projects and continue work on another 34, representing a total investment of 45bn pesos.
The waterworks division (DOH) will also spend 9.5bn pesos on irrigation works; 6.2bn pesos on rural potable water repairs; and 2bn pesos on the expansion and construction of rural potable water systems.