Chile's public works ministry (MOP) will invest some 45bn pesos (US$95.6mn) in highways, waterworks and other infrastructure in southern region IX during 2011, according regional MOP director Ernst Rendel.
MOP plans to repair some 150km of highways, build 60km of new highways, and improve 170km of secondary roads by end-2011, the ministry reported on its website.
The investment program also calls for construction of 10 major bridges totaling 500m, 50 bridges on secondary roads also totaling 500m and some 200km of rural roads to improve access for indigenous communities.
MOP's port department is also planning works in the region, including improvements to the safety and navigability of waterways.
The ministry is planning to build eight new rural potable water systems, which will be added to the eight projects planned and financed by the regional government.
Plans include completing feasibility studies for a 200Mm3 reservoir to irrigate some 40,000ha in the region.
The reservoir project also aims to improve potable water supply in the towns Victoria, Perquenco and Lautaro and provide flood protection on the Imperial river, which is prone to flooding during rainy winter months.