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Govts okay Rumichaca binational bridge, Tienditas bridge in the works (Regonal)

The governments of Colombia and Ecuador have agreed to build the Rumichaca cross-border bridge to improve trade and the flow of traffic between the two countries, according to Colombia's infrastructure vice-minister, María Constanza García.

The bridge, located between the towns of Ipiales (Colombia) and Tulcán (Ecuador), will help eliminate border congestion, facilitate cargo travel and improve security, according to Ecuador's infrastructure sub-secretary, Milton Rodrigo.

The governments are currently seeking a consultant for the project, which is being financed by Latin American development bank CAF. Designs are expected to be completed in four months, Colombian paper Portafolio reported.


In related news, the Colombian and Venezuelan governments plan to authorize a project on May 3 to build the Tienditas binational bridge.

The nations plan to divide the cost of the US$32mn equally the paper said.

"The idea is that Venezuela builds the bridge and Colombia pays its 50% through providing gas," said García.

The bridge will be built between Colombian department Norte de Santander and Venezuela's Táchira state.

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