Colombia to open 4 tunnels on Bogotá-Villavicencio highway in May

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Four new tunnels are set to be opened on the second section of the Bogotá-Villavicencio highway in central Colombia in mid-May, daily Portafolio reported.

The four tunnels, La Herradura, El Punto, La Culebra and Oro Perdido, will go into provisional operation for five months while works continue on the divided highway that is being built between the town of El Tablón in Nariño department and the Chirajara bridge in Cundinamarca department.

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So far nine of the 19 tunnels included in the project have been completed and are in operation.

Two important intersections on the highway are also close to being finished; the access road to Cáqueza in Cundinamarca, where the El Tablón deviation ends; and two turnabouts, one at Bogotá and another at Villavicencio, according to the manager of concessionaire Convial, Hernando Dávila.

Meanwhile, works are underway to set the foundations of a new viaduct that will run parallel to the Chirajara bridge. It will be 450m long and 100m tall.