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Colombia opens South America's longest road tunnel

  • Published at 11:48 am September 5th, 2020
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Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez poses for a photo with his government's cabinet during the inauguration of the Tunel de La Linea, in Calarca on September 4, 2020 Reuters

The tunnel, which is 8.65 km long, costs more than about $270 million

Colombia opened South America's longest road tunnel, the Tunel de la Linea, on Friday after more than a decade of construction work.

The tunnel, which is 8.65 km long, aims to reduce the time and cost of moving goods from the Pacific port city of Buenaventura to the centre of the Andean country.

"This is a triumph of a persevering, intense, working, dreaming and desire-realizing Colombia," President Ivan Duque said at the opening ceremony.

The project, which runs through the central range of the Andes in the country's west, cost more than 1 trillion pesos, or about $270 million.

 

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