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Colombia’s longest viaduct to be inaugurated in July

Staff Writer | March 16, 2018
Colombia’s longest viaduct, which is part of a coastal highway connecting Cartagena and Barranquilla, will be inaugurated in July, the manager of the company handling the construction said.
Colombia longest viaduct
Transportation   Connecting Cartagena and Barranquilla
“The viaduct passes over the Cienaga de la Virgen marshlands and will be the longest viaduct in Colombia, measuring 4.7 kilometers (2.9 miles). The construction is now 94 percent complete,” Miguel Angel Acosta, head of Concesion Cartagena Barranquilla S.A.S., told EFE. The construction is “environmentally friendly,” he said.

“All of the viaduct’s components and sections are being prefabricated on land ... to make sure that not one cubic meter of cement will be poured directly above the marshlands during the construction,” Acosta said.

More than 69,000 cubic meters (2.4 million cubic feet) of concrete are being used to build the Cienaga de la Virgen viaduct.

The structure will weigh an estimated 166,554 tons.