Group readying design of LatAm's longest suspension bridge

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The consortium in charge of building the 2,750m Chacao bridge in Chile's Lagos region (X) will finalize the design of Latin America's longest suspension bridge in April, according to Diario Financiero.

The US$630mn project will connect southern island Chiloé with Puerto Montt on the Chilean mainland.

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The group – OAS, Hyundai, Systra and Aas-Jackobsen – is conducting engineering tests in South Korea and will begin building workers camps in January, the local newspaper Dsaid.

Chacao will be sustained by three towers, and according to the sources who spoke to Diario Financiero, the northernmost tower will be moved 50m further onshore due to the presence of a submerged cliff. Sea floor studies are also due in the coming months as well.

Works to be carried out in 2015-17 will focus on tower placement and anchoring; in 2018-19, works will include installing cables and cords, the daily said. Chacao is expected to be operational by mid-2020.

Financing for the project was lined up in October. The public works ministry (MOP) has fined the consortium US$500,000 for project delays.