Argentina's transport ministry, through national highway department DNV, announced the publication of tender documents for the construction of the route 19 highway between the cities of Córdoba and San Francisco.
With an investment of 7.3bn pesos (US$500mn), the project entails 153km of four-lane highway. Construction could begin by the end of the year and is expected to be concluded by 2019.
"This is the most important work for DNV at the moment in terms of national routes," local news outlet Cadena 3 reported central regional manager for DNV, Luis Fligliozzi, as saying.
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Designed by DNV, the works will be undertaken in four stretches; the first from San Francisco to Cañada Jeanmarie, the second from Cañada Jeanmarie to Arroyito, and the following two stretches between Arroyito and Río Primero.
The new route is seen as crucial for the central region as it will lead to the bi-oceanic corridor which connects Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay.
The highway is expected to increase commercial and touristic activity in the central region, as well as between the countries.