Sacyr completes 84km’s of Puerta de Hierro to Cruz del Viso Highway in Colombia
Sacyr continues to advance its fourth generation (4G) highway projects in Colombia as Sacyr Concesiones hands over an 84.2 km section, which represents 42% of the total length of the Puerta de Hierro – Cruz del Viso road, one of the four that it develops in the country.
This infrastructure project will improve connectivity in the Colombian Caribbean region with the 198 km highway connecting Sucre, Bolívar and Atlántico. The highway will facilitate the approach to the main seaports, airports and border points on the Caribbean coast.
The project is being carried out by the Vial Montes de María Concessionaire, owned by Sacyr Concesiones, for the Colombian National Infrastructure Agency (ANI).
The road has two other sections that are currently in the construction phase, with 72% now complete. The first section begins in Puerta de Hierro (Sucre) and runs to El Carmen de Bolívar and the second extends from El Carmen de Bolívar to Cruz del Viso (Bolívar).
Sacyr Concesiones has four 4G projects in Colombia with a total length of 525 kilometres and a managed investment of €2,200 million.
“By operating 85 kilometres, travel times are reduced, road safety and the level of service are increased, which enhances connectivity and economic development in the region. The works consisted of improving the conditions of the existing corridor that connects the departments of Bolívar and Atlántico, by the Troncal de Occidente national road, a main road for the transportation of cargo between the south and the interior of the country with the Caribbean coast, especially Barranquilla, one of the main ports” said Jorge Beceiro, general manager of the Montes de María Highway Concessionaire.
The total width of the road is now 11.3 metres, with two 3.65 m lanes and 2 m berms on each side of the road and included installation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), which contain SOS posts, variable messaging LED signs and sensors, which shows conditions of the road to drivers and communicates to the Operations Control Centre.
The project also included construction of a service area and a weighing zone.
At the end of May the project had employed 1,541 people of which 62% were from the local area.