Ecuador's public works and transport ministry (MTOP) has greenlighted the start of maintenance works on the Guayaquil-Santa Elena highway, which runs through Guayas and Santa Elena provinces.
The project, which is costing an estimated US$21.4mn, involves carrying out paving work, filling in potholes and improving signage and safety standards on the 119km route, state newspaper El Ciudadano reported.
Work is being carried out by local firm Verdu, according to a report by paper El Universo. The company will maintain the highway under a four-year contract.
The project is taking place under the government's first national highway infrastructure and maintenance program.
The initiative is being funded by IDB, which approved a US$350mn loan to support Ecuador's road and transport infrastructure earlier this year.