Mayor presents final design for new freeway system

Sep 11, 2014 | 0 comments

A year-and-a-half away from completing a light rail system, the largest public transportation project in Cuenca history, Mayor Marcelo Cabrera is pushing a new one that will be twice as expensive.

On Thursday, Cabrera showed off the final design for a 50-kilometer freeway bypass of the city. The massive project, estimated to cost more than a half bil
lion dollars, would be a six-lane, limited access highway, beginning in Guangarcucho and ending in Tarqui. Project plans call for 11 bridges, two of which would be the largest in southern Ecuador.

The road will connect with the Pan American highway to the north and south of the city and would go through the communities Llacao, Checa, Chiquintad, Ricaurte, Sayausí and Baños

Cabrera had proposed the freeway during his first term as mayor in 2007, but the plan was shelved when he was defeated in 2008 by Paúl Granda, who championed the tram project, Tranvía de los Cuatros Rios. Cabrera returned to the mayor’s office early this year after defeating Granda and resurrected the freeway idea.

At yesterday’s meeting, Cabrera said that the freeway is a logical compliment to the tram. “This will give us an inner- and outer-city transportation solution,” he said.

Cabrera says the price of the freeway, officially estimated at $518 million, poses major hurdles and proposes that some of the costs would be paid by tolls. He is pursuing several financing arrangements with private banks and says he expects help from the federal government.

According Edmund Cueva, Cabrera’s financial advisor, $100 million will be required to expropriate the land necessary for freeway construction.

The mayor says that the freeway is needed to reduce traffic in central Cuenca, and estimates that it will divert between 16,000 to 20,000 vehicle trips a day.

 

CuencaHighLife

Dani News

Google ad

Google ad

Fund Grace News

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of June 09

Nene Case Transferred to National Court Jurisdiction Unit Due to Possible Links with Vice President Verónica Abad.

Read more

Ecuador’s Safest Regions Highlight 25 Murder-Free Cantons in 14 Years.

Read more

Kia and Aymesa Announce $62 Million Investment to Assemble Five New Vehicle Models in Ecuador by 2026.

Read more

Hogar Esperanza News

Elegant home News

Happy Life