Ferrovial Agroman has won a €273m contract to build the Rutas del Loa road project in Atacama region in Chile.
Work involves upgrading and widening a 111km section of the Ruta 25 road to two lanes in Calama and building a 25km bypass road, linking several roads.
Intervial Chile will manage the infrastructure under a 40-year concession.
The works include construction of a 345-metre viaduct over the River Loa. One of the major challenges will be to minimise the impact on transport routes and utilities that run alongside the road, including railway, water mains and gas pipelines, and telecommunications and electricity lines.
Ferrovial Agroman will work with the Ministry of Public Works and the affected utilities to seek consensus solutions.
Ferrovial has also won a contract from the University of Chile for the construction of a 14-floor building (five floors below grade and nine above), with 37,000m² of floor area.
The building will house the Institute of Public Affairs, the Artistic and Cultural Extension Center, the university’s central services, the Institute of International Studies and several postgraduate services.
The facade of the old Chemistry and Pharmacy School, which was located on the site, will be retained inside the new building.
The €49m project is to be executed in three years.
Ferrovial has been operating in the toll roads, services, construction and airports businesses in Chile since 1996.
The company has played a key role in building Santiago Metro Line 6, which was inaugurated in December 2017. Ferrovial Agroman has built 3,000 metres of tunnels and seven of the 10 stations of this project. It is currently building the Universidad de Chile station, on Line 3, and new accesses to the Tobalaba station, on Line 4.
The services division is working with the mining industry through its subsidiary Steel Ferrovial Servicios. In 2016, Ferrovial acquired Transchile, which owns a 204km power transmission line.
Image: The 345-metre viaduct over the River Loa in Chile. Photo: courtesy of Ferrovial.