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Reconstruction of Concepcion bridges to conclude by month-end (Chile)
Repair works on the Llacolen and Juan Pablo II bridges in Chile's southern region VIII will conclude by month-end, a public works ministry (MOP) official told BNamericas, confirming local press reports.


The repairs were scheduled to conclude on November 15, but were carried out more quickly than expected, public works minister Hernan de Solminihac said during a visit to regional capital Concepcion.


The bridges, which span the Biobio river, were damaged by the earthquake that hit central southern Chile on February 27.


Bailey bridges were installed as a temporary solution while repairs were carried out, but their capacity was insufficient to cope with vehicle flow, causing large traffic jams in the area.


The 2.3km Juan Pablo II bridge is the longest in Chile. Inaugurated in 1974, the structure connects Concepcion with the San Pedro de la Paz district and to the Talcahuano and San Vicente ports.


The 2.2km Llacolen bridge was inaugurated in 2000, after two years of construction works.

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