Chile's public works ministry (MOP) is investing some 9.59bn pesos (US$19.9mn) in highway improvements in southern region XII, according to regional MOP director Pablo Rendoll.
The ministry is carrying out a paving project on an 8km stretch of highway Ruta 9 near town Fuerte Bulnes, the regional MOP office said in a release.
The project is costing 4.2bn pesos and is currently 95% complete, Rendoll said in a meeting with local residents.
MOP expects construction of another 10km stretch of the highway, from city Punta Arenas to Fuerte Bulnes, to begin shortly.
The comptroller general has approved a contract for the paving project, which will cost some 5.39bn pesos.