Bogotá, Jul 3 (EFE) .- The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, inaugurated this Saturday a 202-kilometer highway in the Caribbean region, which had a cost of 1.24 trillion pesos (about 331.3 million dollars ) and was built by the Spanish company Sacyr.
“Today we are delivering complete, finished, the road axis of more than 200 kilometers Palmar de Varela-Cruz del Viso-Puerta de Hierro (…) that improves competitiveness,” said Duque during the delivery of the highway in the municipality of Squid, in the department of Bolívar.
The highway, which is part of a port corridor, connects the departments of Atlántico, Bolívar and Sucre and was built by the Concesionaria Vial Montes de María, a Sacyr Concesiones company.
Thanks to the works, 5,500 direct jobs were created for people who worked on the improvement, rehabilitation and construction of the road, as well as on the installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that allow better communication to road users.
“Through this project, executed for the National Infrastructure Agency (ANI), more than 5,500 direct and indirect jobs were generated, with 70% of the region’s personnel hired,” said the general manager of the Concessionaire, Adriana Rivera .
He added that they are proud to “begin this stage of operation and maintenance, which allows us to continue contributing to the economic development of the region and the improvement in the quality of life of the inhabitants of the 12 municipalities in the area of influence.”
SACYR’S FIRST CONCESSIONED HIGHWAY
This highway is part of the fourth generation (4G) highway program launched by the previous Colombian government and is part of a plan to improve the competitiveness of road transport in the country.
In this sense, the corporate director of Sacyr in Colombia, Leopoldo Pellón, valued “successfully completing the construction phase and starting the operation of our first concessioned highway in Colombia.”