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Propuentes: boosting physical connectivity

Providing the country’s most remote areas with larger numbers of bridges is one of the current administration’s priorities.

Within the framework of the national road modernization process, the Government has been implementing the National Bridges Program (Propuentes), which implies the installation of 1,006 bridges throughout the country. Of these, 651 are modular bridges and 355 are definitive bridges.

As part of this program, 245 modular bridge steel structures were purchased in 2014 for nationwide replacement of bridges in departmental and local roads, which will be installed during the remainder of the current administration. In addition, 455 bridges will be built this year, with 122 bridges due to be built in the first semester of 2016.

Below, some of the bridges that make up this ambitious initiative will be described.

Chagual Bridge

It was finished in February this year and required an investment of PEN3 million, which were implemented by means of a public-private partnership.

This is an 85-m long structure that spans over the Marañón River, with a load capacity of 48 tons, connecting the provinces of Pataz and Sanchez Carrion, in the Andes of La Libertad. Therefore, the bridge contributes to developing and strengthening economic and social stability in the Andean region.

Pachitea Bridge

Pachitea Bridge and its access roads will benefit more than 8,600 inhabitants of Huanuco and will be 356 m long. In February, construction works started, which will demand an investment of PEN110 million. It will become the first land access route for the province of Puerto Inca, linking it to the local, departmental and national road network; it will also be the first permanent connection between both margins of the Pachitea River. Thanks to this structure, transportation time, i.e., time required for crossing and transferring goods from one riverbank to the other will decrease from 30 to only 3 minutes. In addition, artisanal boats – which are a safety risk for the population – will not be used anymore; thus, the bridge will improve local living conditions since it will offer a safe and fast transport alternative.

It is worth mentioning that this infrastructure will also contribute to promoting local economic development since the region’s inhabitants will be able to transport their products more efficiently and to trade them in the local markets.

Ocopa Bridge

Its construction started in January with an investment of PEN35 million. It is located in the town of Puerto Ocopa, province of Satipo, Junín, will span over the Perene River and will be part of the Mazamari – Puerto Ocopa – Atalaya road. It is 163 meters long and will benefit 274,000 inhabitants, since it will reduce journey times while improving road safety and reducing transportation costs.