This Thursday the service of Colombians is put on the tenth Fourth Generation (4G) route: Chirajara – Founders, one of the great projects in the department of Meta that promises to substantially improve the connectivity of the eastern plains with the center of the country. President Iván Duque and Luis Sarmiento, president of Grupo Aval, will meet at the opening event.
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After approximately six years of construction and with works delivered up to 20 months in advance, this 4G project manages to complete all of its mega structures in a complex that required the highest level of innovation to overcome the topographical, hydrological and geological difficulties of the journey.
According to the Ministry of Transportation, this section consists of 22.6 km of second lane, six tunnels, 20 vehicular bridges and seven pedestrian bridges.
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In total, $3.21 billion was invested in the project, resources 100% of Corficolombiana, a subsidiary of Grupo Aval, without State investment and recovered through the payment of tolls.
With these results, in this important road corridor, it is expected to generate greater logistical efficiencies in this road, reducing travel time in this sector by up to 22 minutes. On the other hand, the project has a positive impact on the transport of the agricultural pantry to Bogotá, as well as the large production of crude oil from Villavicencio to Guaduas, now also saving up to 40 minutes on the journey from the sector known as El Tablón to Fundadores.
“Today, thanks to the uninterrupted work of Coviandina, Chirajara-Fundadores is one of the most modern roads in Latin America where you can travel with high safety and maintenance standards. The tunnels, bridges and the corridor in general have state-of-the-art European technology in their intelligent transport systems (ITS) that allow them to operate and manage incidents, accidents or maintenance more effectively,” Coviandina told Portafolio.
Other details of the work consisted of the renewal and expansion of tolls, that optimized the times of the users in the passage through these stations by speeding up the registration and control.
“Those who pass through this work will have the opportunity to travel 25 kilometers origin-destination, 32 kilometers of development including returns and junction loops, 6 tunnels with about 10.5 kilometers, 27 bridges of just over 5 kilometers, and 9 kilometers of open-air tracks,” said Coviandina.
One of the most representative and important works of this corridor is the Buenavista II tunnel, one of the largest in the country and one of the most advanced in the south of the continent.
This tunnel, according to Coviandina, was built with innovative techniques where progress was made at the same time in the excavation and lining of this structure, with which its early delivery was achieved, since it was scheduled for January 2023.
Another point that stands out the Macalito bridge, 963 meters long, being one of the longest in the projectBridge 1 (La Pala) and Bridge 16 (Return La Pala), with a length of 105 meters and 120 meters respectively.
During the construction of this 4G, the Ministry of Transport assured that more than 14,000 jobs were generated. In addition, it directly benefits more than 600,000 inhabitants of the area of influence.
This corridor, which had an advance close to 32% in the arrival of the Government of Iván Duque, according to the Ministry of Transport “generates employment, commerce and tourism in the department and throughout the region.”
In addition to this installment, there are nine others that have been used over the last decade. The first Fourth Generation work that was delivered was Honda – Puerto Salgar- Girardot.
Later, the next work arranged in the territory for Colombians was Puerta de Hierro – Palmar Varela and Carreto – Cruz del Viso, followed by the 4G Autopista Conexión Pacífico 2 and Cartagena – Barraquilla and Circunvalar de la Prosperidad. In fifth place was the work of the Traversal del Sisga, followed by IP- Vías del Nus and Autopista Mar 1.
In eighth and ninth place are the IP-Neiva-Girardot highways and the North Connection Highway.
The initial goal of the National Government is, before the end of the mandate in August, to have delivered 19 Fourth Generation works of the 29 agreed upon. The other 10 are expected to be completed by 2024.