- Conexión Pacífico 2 made steady progress during the first half of 2019, attaining major milestones such as the inauguration of its second functional unit and completion of digging at the Mulatos Tunnel.
- The project’s completion rate reached 73%, which is 9% more than what was projected in the timetable negotiated with the ANI.
Medellín, July 18, 2019 – Odinsa, a Grupo Argos concessions company, reported a positive balance on its Pacífico 2 project at the end of the first half of 2019. The fourth-generation project, with 96.5 kilometers of road, will help connect Colombia’s northern region with Antioquia, the Coffee Belt and the Pacific region, and promote competitiveness in the country. Positive results were reported regarding mobility, operations, construction and social and environmental management.
So far this year, the project has contributed to the connectivity of 1,270,492 vehicles that traveled on the Pacífico 2 roads and made use of nearly 5,000 portfolio services offered by the concession holder to contribute to safe mobility. Also under the same line of promoting self-care, Odinsa hosted 50 road safety workshops with the participation of 7,070 users as well as the project’s neighboring communities.
Regarding works completion, the outlook is even more positive, with the project reaching 73%, or 9% more than what was projected in the timetable negotiated with the ANI. A major highlight was the official inauguration of Functional Unit 1, which completes 2 of the 5 roads that comprise this project. The inaugurated works include 14 kilometers of a two-lane highway between La Pintada and Puente Iglesias, 3 kilometers of single-lane road at La Pintada, and the Puente Iglesias intersection.
Added to this was the completion of the Mulatos Tunnel, which crosses the rocky wall in the municipality of Tarso. This milestone, which was achieved thanks to the efforts of over 480 people and state-of-the-art technology, is very significant in the world of engineering because it represents the merger of the various tunnel tube excavation fronts, enabling circulation from one side of the tunnel to the other.
“We are very satisfied with Conexión Pacífico 2’s management. This project continues to materialize its purpose of contributing to the region’s connectivity and social and economic strength” asserted Mauricio Ossa, president of Odinsa and majority shareholder of Pacífico 2.
In matters of sustainability, in line with Odinsa’s policies and reaffirming its commitment with generating progress in the region, the concession holder in charge of the project developed various programs and activities related to social and environmental issues in the first few months of the year. Notable among them were 7 productive initiatives that provide self-management tools for household economies and foster employment in the southwest, directly benefiting 60 families, which in turn, generate sources of income for another 71 families.
Finally, with regard to environmental management, we should note the implementation of 20 Fauna Steps: rescue and relocation of nearly 150 wild animals, reforestation of 3 hectares, and starting the reforestation of 7 others, as well as progress in the water conservation program which protects the three most important watersheds in the region: Cartama, Piedras and Mulatos.
“In the second half of the year we continued working with quality, expediency and under high standards of sustainability, incorporating the experience and best practices of our shareholders Odinsa and El Cóndor, which allow us to deliver a positive balance of our efforts today” stated Gustavo Bernal, Manager of La Pintada, concession holder in charge of Pacífico 2.
This fourth-generation project (4G), operated by La Pintada concession, has an investment of over 1.3 trillion pesos for the construction of 42.5 km of new roads, 2.5 kilometers of double tube tunnel, 54 kilometers of rehabilitated roads and 42 bridges distributed over 5 sections or functional units.
See works completion video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm5ttacX5lk
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