Vinci Highways, a Vinci Concessions subsidiary, has opened section 2 of Lima’s main expressway in Peru. The company is the concession holder of the expressway until 2049.
The new 9km toll section serves the Peruvian capital’s business districts. Along with the existing 16km of road, the new section is expected to reduce congestion, reduce journey times and improve the mobility in the 10-million inhabitants’ agglomeration, the fifth-largest city in South America.
The work, including 13 viaducts and a 2km tunnel under the Rímac river, has been completed in just 15 months to highest international standards in spite of several constraints posed by the geologically complex and densely populated environment. The under-river tunnel is the first of its kind in Peru.
More than 5,000 skilled workers from various group companies, including Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Sixsense, Vinci Energies and Soletanche Bachy, have been employed for the project.
Over 40,000 vehicles are expected on the new section every day.
Vinci Highways, which acquired concession holder Lamsac in December 2016, has been supporting the 550 employees of Lamsac by providing expertise in motorway operation, road safety and customer service.
More than 90 traffic cameras have been helping the operations centre in supervision and optimising incident management.
Furthermore, Vinci Highways has used an innovative marketing strategy and doubled the number of electronic toll collection customers in less than a year.
In consultation with local population, Vinci Highways has introduced several measures to promote sustainable infrastructure and this strategy has fetched Vinci Highways the Peru 2021 Socially Responsible Company Award in 2018.
The award has been presented in recognition of various initiatives taken by the company, including reforestation programme, road safety awareness campaign in schools along the expressway, social development programme through sport and a project to support women entrepreneurs in Lima.
Vinci Highways chairman Fadi Selwan said: “With section 2 of Lima’s expressway, Vinci Highways is delivering and preparing to operate modern, environment-friendly infrastructure. By improving urban mobility, we will support the growth of a city in great development.”