During his visit to Chile’s Los Ríos Region, the President emphasized that the new bridge is “the first bascule or moveable viaduct in our country,” and that it will increase road connections. The project requires an investment of 16 billion pesos.
He stated, “in Chile, we are building bridges to unite us. Not only physical bridges; our government is also determined to build other bridges, human ones to enable us to unite as Chileans.”
The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, today kicked off the construction work on the Cau-Cau Bridge project in Valdivia. Speaking during his visit to Chile’s Los Ríos Region, he said the project “represents a very significant investment of 16 billion pesos” and the bridge will be “the first bascule or moveable viaduct in our country and will be more than 90 meters long.”
Accompanied by Public Works Minister Laurence Golborne and regional authorities, the President presided over the laying of the first stone. He said that this project “not only represents an investment, but a great technological and engineering innovation” because it will “unite the two sides of the river without interrupting the normal traffic and movement of boats, tourism and all that the river means to the city and the region.”
He added, “we will not only lay the first stone, but we will also inaugurate this bridge during our term in Government.”
He added that “while in many parts of the world walls are being built to separate people, in Chile we are building bridges to unite us.” Not only physical bridges; our government is also determined to build other bridges, human ones to enable us to unite as Chileans.”
The President recalled that projects like this are part of the Los Ríos Region Development Plan announced earlier this year. The aim of the plan is “to make this region into a true development pole, so that entrepreneurism, innovation, science and technology will transform this city into a beacon that illuminates the other regions of Chile.”
He added, “in addition to the bridge over the Cau-Cau River, we have made a commitment to build a new civic center, a high-performance sailing center and a river promenade ending at Santa Elvira Bridge. There will be many other projects, such as the highway around Ranco Lake, which will enable this region, which has an immensely rich future and opportunities, to take full advantage of all its potential.”
Furthermore, he highlighted that “when our government began, this region had an unemployment rate of 11.1%, and today that rate has been cut almost in half to 6.3%.” He added that 18,000 new jobs have been created during that time.