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Friday May 24, 2013

Chile Launches Bid for 8,525-Ft Suspension Bridge Across Chacao Channel

Chile Launches Bid for 8,525-Ft Suspension Bridge Across Chacao Channel

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Chile’s government has launched a bid process for the construction of a 2,600-meter (8,525-foot) suspension bridge linking Chiloe Island to the mainland, a project with an investment limit of $740 million.

Public Works Minister Loreto Silva said the eight consortiums vying for the project in southern Chile have until October to submit their technical and design proposals for the bridge, which would span the Chacao Channel and be the longest of its type in Latin America.

The winning consortium will be selected in the first quarter of 2014, while construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and the bridge is projected to be operational by 2019.

In 2005, then-Chilean President Ricardo Lagos proposed the project and put its cost at $650 million, but the administration of his successor, Michelle Bachelet, scrapped it a year later after cost estimates soared to $970 million.

On Tuesday, President Sebastian Pi├▒era said the Controller’s Office had given the green light for the initiative.