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MOP reviewing designs for Chiloé highway improvements (Chile)

Chile's public works ministry (MOP) has completed and is reviewing designs for a project to modernize a stretch of highway Ruta 5 on southern region X's Chiloé island, a MOP communications official told BNamericas.

The project includes a bypass for Castro city and is one of several the highway division is carrying out under the Chiloé island development plan.

The expansion and relocation of a 1.8km stretch of the highway leading to Castro is in its final phase and is scheduled to be completed by end-April, the official said in an email. The project cost 2.9bn pesos (US$6.02mn).

On the coast, local firm Claro Vicuña Valenzuela is completing improvements on a 16km stretch of highway Ruta W-195, from Ruta 5 to Pumanzano. The project cost some 4.2bn pesos and is scheduled to wrap up by end-May.

Paving work was also completed recently on a 19km stretch of the highway from city Dalcahue to the town of Puchaurán, which cost some 3.12bn pesos, the official added.

The Chiloé development plan will require a total investment of some 253bn pesos from 2011-2014, the ministry said in a release.

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