Yesterday, the Minister of Transport and Public Works of Uruguay, Victor Rossi; the executive directors of Sacyr Ingeniería e Infraestructuras and Sacyr Concesiones, Pedro Sigüenza and Rafael Gómez del Río; the director of Saceem Group, Alejandro Ruibal, and the local authorities inaugurated the works carried out on the Nueva Palmira bypass. This event completes the works executed on Route 21 and Route 24, which have been carried out over 27 months, nine less than the 36 established in the contract.
Routes 21 and 24 is the first public-private participation (PPP) road project in Uruguay. The contract involves the design, construction, operation and financing of the road infrastructure on Route 21, on the stretch between Nueva Palmira and Route 2, Route 24 between Route 2 and Route 3, and the Nueva Palmira Bypass.
Routes 21 and 24 form the main transit corridor on the Western coast, which features 50% of the country's heavy traffic.
The concessionaire Rutas del Litoral will be responsible for the maintenance of the two roads and the Nueva Palmira Bypass for 24 years; a period that began with the start of the contract, in 2016. The associated revenue portfolio is for 175 million euros.
Sacyr Concesiones in Uruguay
In Uruguay, Sacyr Concesiones is leading the Central Railway project through the consortium Grupo Vía Central (GVC), which will renovate 273 kilometers of the railway between the cities of Paso de los Toros and the port of Montevideo.
The consortium is responsible for the financing, design and construction over 36 months, and the project's renovation and maintenance, for a period of 18 years. The construction budget for this project totals 735 million euros.
Data on the Route 21 and 24 project
Technical data of the works:
• More than 300 direct jobs generated (950,000 HH).
• Over 460,000 m3 of embankment and granular bases.
• Three plants for preparing concrete and over 100,000 m3 of concrete used.
• Two high performance pavers.
• 54 km of highway with concrete pavement.
• Grinding plant. Over 180,000 tons of crushed gravel.
• Over 170,000 tons of asphalt mix prepared.
• 78.5 km of highway with asphalt pavement.
• Over 179 km of highway in operation and maintenance.
• A new bridge over the Sauce river.
• Reconditioning of 13 bridges.
Reconditioning of Route 24
The Route 24 project, within the framework of the PPP, is 45 km, and is in addition to the total route (94 km) with a concrete pavement throughout its entire extension. Concrete improves the durability, given the high traffic of heavy trucks, and it also offers very good performance to users.
The works included: expansion of the existing roadway; adaptation and construction of drainage works; improvement of the former highway profile to modern standards; paving the road with concrete; paving shoulders with an asphalt mix; construction of slow-traffic lanes; installation of checkpoints; construction of junctions for the intersection with Route 25 and at the intersection with the branch to San Javier; and the maintenance of bridges.
Reconditioning of Route 21 (Nueva Palmira – Dolores – Mercedes)
The Route 21 project involves 76.5 km of pavement of asphalt mix throughout its extension. The works included: expansion of the existing roadway; adaptation and construction of drainage works; improvement of the former highway profile to modern standards; paving the road with asphalt mix; paving shoulders with double bituminous treatment; construction of slow-traffic lanes; installation of checkpoints; construction of junctions for the intersection with Route 105; and the maintenance of bridges.
Nueva Palmira Bypass
The BPNP project involves 8.5 km of new route with concrete pavement throughout its extension, improving its durability, given the high traffic of heavy trucks, and it also offers good performance to users. The works consisted of: bases and embankments, construction of drainage works; concrete paving of the roadway; paving of shoulders with an asphalt mix; installation of checkpoints; construction of junctions at the intersection with Route 12; and a bridge over the Sauce river.
In the photograph: Alejandro Ruibal, Director of Saceem Group; Víctor Rossi, Minister of Transport and Public Works; Rafael Gómez del Río, Sacyr Concessions’s CEO and Pedro Sigüenza, Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructures’s CEO, and other participants in the inauguration.