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Govt to spend US$800mn on Beni highways (Bolivia)
Bolivia's government will invest US$800mn in four strategic highway projects for northern Beni department, according to vice president Alvaro Garcia.


Projects include the 86km Guayanamerin-Riberalta and 300km Villa Tunari-San Ignacio de Moxos highway stretches, state news agency ABI reported. The projects will cost some US$41mn and US$415mn respectively.


Also planned are repairs to a 270km stretch of the Rurrenabaque-Riberalta highway, connecting Beni with southern neighbor Cochabamba. The project, which is being financed by Brazil's government, is budgeted at US$270mn; however, the cost will likely increase to US$330mn, Garcia said.


Work will also be carried out on the Trinidad-San Ignacio de Moxos highway stretch, which will link department capital Trinidad with Santa Cruz department.


Construction is scheduled to be completed by end-2013, the report said.


The government is also considering construction of a highway linking Beni's Puerto Ustariz with the Corredor Bioceanico highway to access Peruvian ports, and from Trinidad to Riberalta. The project would cost an additional US$421mn.

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