- The concession closed the first half of the year with a positive balance and traffic of over 5 million vehicles.
- At this point in 2019, over 100,000 people have visited its user assistance centers (Tambos) and just over 3,600 travelers used their assistance services.
- Autopistas del Café also reported progress in Addendum 20 with the start of works and completion of some designs.
Medellín, July 22, 2019. Grupo Argos’s concession company Odinsa highlighted the performance of Autopistas del Café’s operations and indicated that thanks to its user-focused efforts, it attained a positive balance in the first half of 2019, contributing to regional connectivity and strengthening the Coffee Belt as one of the main road networks in Colombia.
With regard to infrastructure, Odinsa indicated that the concession made progress in the materialization of works stipulated in Addendum 20, which was signed in 2018, emphasizing that some of the studies and designs described therein have been completed. These include the nine pedestrian bridges in Playa Rica and Guacarí in Risaralda; stabilizing the embankment at K24+380 in Valle del Cauca; and the intersections in El Caimo district, La Tebaida and Filandia municipality in Quindío, standing at 50% works completion. Additionally, installation of the El Rosario Pedestrian Bridge located in the Chinchiná – La Manuela Highway in Manizales, which will be operation in the third quarter of the year.
Moreover, other services intended to provide users with a good experience include the Tambos, or user assistance centers, which have become tourist landmarks, because they are spaces where visitors can enjoy beautiful landscapes and the coffee culture, as well as free services such as bathrooms, telephones, parking, Internet and cafeterias. In the first half of the year, over 100,000 visitors enjoyed these four Tambos: El Edén in Armenia; El Privilegio in Santa Rosa de Cabal; Jardín Filandia and La Manuela in Manizales.
In addition, the concession renewed its mobile application to provide tourists and locals alike a more personalized experience: Autopistas del Café. With the app, users can search for road conditions in real time and get information about tourist attractions, request assistance if needed, and get discounts at restaurants located along the highway.
“We are excited to see how Autopistas del Café continues to support regional connectivity with its timely services, the execution of top-quality projects, contributions to social development, and generation of positive experiences for its users,” said Mauricio Ossa, CEO of Odinsa.
With regard to its social and environmental management, which constitutes a fundamental pillar for Autopistas del Café, and in line with Odinsa policies, in the first half of the year the concession engaged in various activities, including trainings and workshops focused on road safety for over 1000 children from 22 schools; reforestation of 25 hectares with 27,500 trees planted to protect the source of the Quindío River; and the construction of 250 individual septic systems in Manizales, Pereira, Santa Rosa, Circasia, Salento and Filandia.
Furthermore, in order to promote road safety and facilitate user mobility, the concession, together with the Highway Police, provided 1500 sessions for training, support and preventive highway plans to raise awareness among users about this important topic.
“In the second half of the year we will continue working together with our shareholder Odinsa to promote regional connectivity, encouraging safe mobility, strengthening our services and implementing technological improvements that provide an excellent experience to the users that travel through one of Colombia’s most representative regions,” said Autopistas del Café’s Manager, Mauricio Vega.
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