Vía Pipiral – Villavicencio, (former road to Llano) in the department of Meta. PHOTO: INVIAS
Through Resolution 2429 of July 15, 2022, the Ministry of Transportation authorized the National Institute of Roads (Invías) to completely close the Bogotá – Villavicencio corridor from this Monday, July 18, until August 6. This, for the construction of a box culvert of 4×4 meters that is projected in the sector where the intense rains of recent months have generated multiple contingencies and landslides.
With the new infrastructure, the aim is to recover the affected roadway and guarantee passability to one lane in the shortest possible time. Exactly, the closure will be done on the old road, in the sector known as Rompe Ejes, on the road between Pipiral and La Grama. The closure includes Saturdays, Sundays and the holiday of July 20.
In a statement, Invías reported that motorcycles and vehicles transporting dangerous goods will be allowed controlled passage through the Buenavista II and Bijagual II tunnels of the new Chirajara – Fundadores road.
The entity also specified that it made available the alternative route Bogotá – Villavicencio, with passage through the Bijagual and Buenavista tunnels, which will have vehicles passing by for hours so that users can travel in both directions. According to Invías, the controlled passage times will be as follows:
For motorcycles: 1 am, 4 am, 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm, and 10 pm For vehicles with dangerous goods: 4 am, 10 am, 4 pm, and 10 pm
In turn, the Institute specified who is working in coordination with other authorities to generate the least possible impact on heavy traffic vehicles that pass through the area.
Last Thursday, July 7, the National Government officially delivered the new Chirajara – Fundadores 4G highway, which will improve access to this region of the country and will have a positive impact on different sectors of this population, likewise, it will improve the time with which the vehicles that travel from the Colombian capital to Villavicencio.
The impact that they hope to have after the construction of these new infrastructures will be reflected in the economic sectors, supply and tourism. The new road section, whose financing was 100% with private resources, of 32.9 kilometers has six tunnels, 20 vehicular bridges and seven pedestrian bridges.
In total, an investment of 3.2 billion pesos was made and this construction will have a significant positive impact on travel times to the eastern plains. The development of this section was carried out between 2016 and 2022 by the Andean Road Concessionaire (Coviandina) and, according to the agreed times, it was expected that this work would be delivered in its entirety until the end of this year, however, the methods used during the construction of this allowed to improve those times.
The road to Llano is divided into three sections, starting at kilometer 1, before the Boquerón tunnel to El Tablón; the double lane that remains located between El Tablón – Chirajara and, finally, this one that is from Chirajara – Los Fundadores, which is at the entrance of Villavicencio.
This new road, which has been available since July 7, has 33 kilometers of tunnels, 14.9 kilometers of bridges, 97.44 kilometers of surface track, 15 pedestrian bridges, 41 intersections and 18 evacuation tunnels or galleries exhaust.
With this new road, it is expected to have a great impact on tourism, not only improving driving times between Bogotá and Villavicencio, but also allowing people to enjoy safe roads that have high technology. Travel on this road is expected to be reduced by 22 minutes.
The work on the old road to the plain was resumed, it will benefit more than 9,000 peopleThe environmental license to build the road alters the Llano through the Guavio is ready