Ecuador's transport and public works ministry (MTOP) is spending US$266mn on projects to repair and improve roads in central-northern province Pichincha.
Work is being carried out on 468km of highways, with the aim of connecting agricultural and livestock-producing areas, the ministry said in a release.
Concessionaire Panavial is currently performing expansion work budgeted at US$126mn on the 53km Colibri-Pifo-Santa Rosa de Cusubamba highway, a US$39.5mn project to expand the 18.3km Calderon-Guayllabamba route and work costing US$58.3mn on stage I of the 44.4km southern access road to capital Quito.
Construction firm Equitesa is performing maintenance work on the 10 de Agosto-Los Bancos road and building bridges over the Blanco and Mulaute rivers.
Hidalgo & Enriquez is carrying out paving work on stretches of the province's Mitad del Mundo-La Independencia route, and Menatlas Quito is in charge of similar work on the Puerto Quito-La Sexta highway.
Studies are also underway for the Los Bancos bypass and six bridges along the Puerto Quito-La Sexta road, according to the release.