Chile's government will invest some 132bn pesos (US$280mn) in infrastructure for northernmost region XV in the next few years, the regional government reported on its website.
Governor Rodolfo Barbosa Barrios met with the public works ministry's regional director Guillermo Beretta Riquelme to discuss several projects including highway 11-CH, part of the Bioceánica corridor.
MOP plans to tender construction work for a 22km stretch reaching the Bolivian border by year-end, Beretta said. Work is currently underway on a 23km stretch, and the projects will cost some 22bn and 15bn pesos respectively.
MOP aims to begin work on another 40km of the highway within the next three years.
The ministry also plans to continue work on highway Ruta 5, the Arica-La Paz railway and a fishing port in regional capital Arica.