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MOP investing US$14mn to replace Chiloé bridges (Chile)

Chile's public works ministry (MOP) is scheduled to tender construction of the Mechaico bridge in southern region X by end-March, a MOP communications official told BNamericas.

The ministry is investing some 6.73bn pesos (US$13.9mn) in construction of two bridge projects under the Chiloé island development plan. The new structures will replace some of the oldest bridges on highway Ruta 5.

The 30m Mechaico bridge project, which involves relocating the existing bridge, will require an investment of some 3bn pesos, the official added via email.

Meanwhile, the tender process is nearly complete for the San Antonio bridge, with the award resolution submitted for approval to the comptroller general. Local firm Brundle Construcciones offered the lowest bid of 3.73bn pesos, followed by Besalco and Claro Vicuña Valenzuela, MOP's highway division said in a release.

The 130m bridge will be built in the Pupelde-Coquiao sector of Chiloé island, and includes building access roads north and south of the structure, installing safety rails and other complementary works.

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