Chile's public works ministry (MOP) is expecting to begin construction on a paving project in southern region IX town Puerto Saavedra in October or November, a MOP official told BNamericas.
The ministry has yet to determine the tender schedule for the project, which involves paving a 19km stretch running inland from the port town through neighboring El Temo and El Alma, the official added.
The regional government will finance the project, which will cost 4.6bn pesos (US$9.67mn), through national regional development fund FNDR.
Governor Andrés Molina has submitted the project to the regional government council, which has requested a meeting to review the details before approving the funds, an official from the regional government office told BNamericas.
The new roadway will benefit small farms and indigenous communities on the coast, reducing travel times and providing an escape route for the port in case of an emergency, regional MOP director Ernst Rendel said in a statement.