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Peru plans to award 2,600km in concessions to widen the Pan American highway along the Andean country's entire coastline next year, a senior government official said.
The concessions seek to ensure the highway features dual carriageway from its northern border with Ecuador to Chile to the south, transport minister José Gallardo said Friday at a highway inauguration in Ancash region.
The transport ministry, which aims to invest 8.678bn soles (US$3bn) in infrastructure next year, is also working on the 3,500km highland longitudinal highway in parallel to the Pan American highway plus 1,800km of roads running from north to south in the jungle, Gallardo said.
"With these three major roads, the Peruvian government will take a huge step towards development, providing the country with logistics solutions" Gallardo said. "That's the challenge we have for next year."
Gallardo and President Ollanta Humala on Friday inaugurated the fourth stretch of the Paramonga-Huarmey highway, part of the Red Vial 4 concession, which Gallardo said will benefit 1mn people in Ancash. The government has pledged to finish the highway from Huarmey-Santa-Trujillo next year, he said.