The Ecuadorian government plans to build two bridges and a road in the port city of Guayaquil.
The Southern viaduct project will link the port and south side of Guayaquil to the province of El Oro and the country’s south.
The project includes an 855 m bridge over Estero Cobina, located near the port, and a 3,440 m bridge over the Guayas River which will be the longest bridge in Ecuador and serve as an entry port to Guayaquil.
The viaduct will serve as a direct corridor from the seaport to the Naranjal Canton via the Puerto Inca-Naranjal Road and will cut travel distance to the southern banana estates, such as El Oro, by as much as 60 to 100 km.
The scheme’s supporters claim it will reduce transport costs by around US$90m as more than 12m tonnes of products pass through the port of Guayaquil each year. The viaduct also aims to decrease traffic congestion in the city by at least 45%.
The project, which will be a concession contract, is expected to be completed in 2021. The Ecuadorian government launched the public tender on October 5 2017, and the winning bidder will be announced early next year.
Jose Antonio Contreras, CEO of International Container Terminal Services-owned ICTSI Contecon Guayaquil, said: “This infrastructure project will vastly improve the logistical competitiveness of the Port of Guayaquil by significantly reducing the travel distance and time of goods entering and leaving the port.
“We support the national government in this monumental undertaking, which aims to facilitate more efficient trade movement and consequently boost foreign trade for the benefit of the economy.”
In addition to this infrastructure development, in July 2018, Contecon received the government’s approval to handle larger vessels up to 6,500 teu which made it the only terminal in Guayaquil capable of berthing two post-Panamax vessels simultaneously.