Ministry of Public Works (MOP) announces the beginning of the first stage for the installation of Free Flow at the Nueva Angostura toll
While the work, which will take approximately five months, is being carried out, the authorities have called on users to drive with caution and be attentive to the indications provided by the concessionaire's workers.
Within the framework of the Chile Without Barriers Program, promoted by President Sebastián Piñera, Public Works Minister Juan Andrés Fontaine, accompanied by the General Manager of Ruta del Maipo Miguel Carrasco, announced the beginning of work on the first stage for the installation of the gantries that will enable implementation of the free-flow system at the Angostura toll. Moreover, beginning today, drivers can use their 'Tag' (automated toll recognition device) without registering it.
"We are progressively implementing the Chile Without Barriers program and thus fulfilling President Piñera's promise to establish a system without toll barriers on all roads accessing Santiago. Here at the Angostura toll plaza, we are starting the three-stage process of implementing the barrier-less toll system service, which we hope will be completed and fully operational in July, just before the school winter holidays," said the minister.
As part of the first stage of construction, which will take about a month, the side lanes that currently operate with the 'Telepeaje' (electronic toll) will also be closed. Therefore, the toll plaza will have 19 toll booths, 9 for those heading toward Santiago and 10 for those heading south, 5 of which will be for Tag payments using the "Stop and Go" system and 5 for manual payment.
Throughout this period of construction at the Angostura Toll, which will last about five months, the authorities have called on users to drive with caution and be attentive to the indications provided by the concessionaire's workers, allowing for additional travel time and possible congestion due to road work.
By the end of July, Plaza Nueva Angostura will have three central lanes in each direction with electronic toll gantries and five manual payment booths for each direction located on the side lanes for drivers who prefer to pay in cash.
Implementation of the electronic toll system or 'Free Flow' in Angostura is part of the administration's Chile Without Barriers program, which, by the end of the year will allow drivers to use their Tag device to circulate on all highways accessing Santiago.