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Region VII's new Rio Claro bridge to become operative in 2Q12 (Chile)
Chile's new Rio Claro bridge, on the Pan-American highway in central-southern region VII, will become operative during the second quarter of 2012, a public works ministry (MOP) official told BNamericas.


The bridge will have three lanes, improving the standards of the former one, public works minister Hernan de Solminihac told reporters.


The bridge will replace a two-lane bridge that was badly damaged by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on February 27.


Works are expected to begin in January and will be under the responsibility of Autopista de Maipo, which holds the concession of the Santiago-Talca highway, and which had to demolish the damaged bridge.


Construction will be financed by insurance policies and the concessionaire's own funds, the MOP official said.


In the meantime, traffic is using a parallel bridge, which became bi-directional after the earthquake destroyed the Rio Claro bridge.


The new bridge will be 124m long and will be reinforced with anti-seismic structures.

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