New Road following the Pacific coast

A New Bridge and Highway Following The Pacific Coast

Tuesday, February 01 2011 @ 12:24 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
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Public Works Minister, Federico Jose Suarez announced the construction of a new bridge and a new roadway that would reach a point between Salalices and Chame, that would follow the coast, in order to prevent traffic jams in Vacamonte and La Chorrera, and for the country’s development. He said the new highway would have six lanes. Minister Suárez, who had already spoke about their intentions to build this roadway during previous interviews on TVN, said this time they have conducted the study to estimate the cost of the project. He said the new route would be a toll road. He also said they have performed the technical evaluations, faced with the need and urgency of the project.
The Minister was also concerned with the traffic jam that occurred last weekend on the highway from Arraiján to La Chorrera, which was due to an operation that was being conducted in the area, and the influx of visitors to the fair of La Chorrera. Minister Suarez said the traffic jam was horrible, and we must look for alternatives, and therefore he anticipated that this Thursday he will meet with officials of the Transit Authority and the Transit Police.

The Minister also referred to the work being done to repair the collapsed roadway that accesses the Centennial Bridge, and stated this repair project might take another five months to complete. He said they have driven 83 pilings to stabilize the area, and they would build a retaining wall as part of the final design of a new extension of roadway to reach the bridge that is 178 meters in length from where the road collapsed. He said now there is a retaining wall and pilings to save the section of roadway that did not collapse. Minister Suarez reaffirmed that if the work is considered stable it will remain as it is, or they will make small adjustments, but it will function as filler held in place by the retaining wall and stabilized by the pilings, topped by the roadway to the bridge. The rest of the road is also being repaired, the minister said, indicating that on the three hills that have frequently had mudslides, they are still working there. The Minister said that they are working so that when the roadway is reopened, they will do partial openings. (TVN Noticias)

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