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MOP to kick off work on US$29mn Ruta 257-CH in September (Chile)

Chile's public works ministry (MOP) is scheduled to kick off construction on international highway Ruta 257-CH in southernmost region XII in September, the regional deputy director of MOP's roadworks division, Francisco Orozco, told BNamericas.

The project consists of two stretches from Cerro Sombrero to Onaissin in Tierra del Fuego province, which will cost some 13.6bn pesos (US$28.9mn) in total.

Local construction firm Vilicic presented the lowest economic bid of 9bn pesos in a tender to build a 20km stretch of highway. The company was also the lowest bidder in a tender for the first phase of the project, which involves a 15km stretch.

MOP expects to have contracts signed by end-April, once they are approved by the comptroller general, Orozco said.

Work includes preparing the existing roadway for construction, applying a base layer of gravel, complementary works and finally paving. The relatively short construction period, from about October to April, means the project will be carried out over at least two seasons, Orozco said.

The 15km stretch is scheduled to be completed in January 2013, with the remaining 20km section wrapping up in March of the same year.

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