Uruguay signed a contract with Spanish infrastructure engineering firm COMSA to repair and build a 327km stretch of railway lines between the municipalities of Piedra Sola and Salto.

Works are expected to take 24 months and are financed by Mercosur's structural convergence fund Focem with an investment of approximately US$83.5mn, the president's office announced.

The stretch crosses the departments of Tacuarembó, Río Negro, Paysandú and Salto.

Another railroad development project underway, also financed by Focem, is the line between Pintado and Rivera, which is currently 50% complete.

In addition, a public-private tender call is also in progress for the rehabilitation of a 141km railroad stretch between Algorta and Fray Bentos, in Río Negro department. Bids will be accepted June 23.

The head of the state rail operator AFE, Wilfredo Rodríguez, said at the signing ceremony that the rail works will help connect the port of Montevideo to Argentina and Brazil.

Trains on the rail line will reach speeds of 60km/hr with capacity to transport 20t of cargo per axle.


Source: BNamericas

Photo: A COMSA representative (left) and Uruguay's transport and public works minister Víctor Rossi sign the contract (CREDIT: Uruguay govt.)