Chile's public works ministry (MOP) expects to launch a tender for the first phase of region IV's Ovalle bypass project during Q1, regional MOP director Luis Cobo told BNamericas.
"The project's final designs have been completed and we are making small adjustments and some specific revisions. We've set a deadline of end-January to clear up any remaining issues and sign an agreement [for the project] with the regional government," Cobo said.
Construction will require the expropriation of land that is currently home to a sporting complex and several businesses. MOP's regional office is working with the city and businesses to ensure there are no problems down the road, Cobo added.
The project will require an investment of 19.2bn pesos (US$38.7mn) and will be carried out in two phases, to be tendered independently. The cost will be shared between the regional and local district governments.
"The first phase includes construction of the new La Chimba bridge and flood protection along the Limari river and after that the bypass and connection to highway Ruta 43," said Cobo.
The project aims to reduce congestion and damage to roads caused by heavy trucks in Ovalle, capital of the central-northern region's Limari province.