The Executive Branch selected France – under the government-to-government mechanism – to provide technical advice in the construction of this important highway in the country.
After a selection process, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) chose the State of France to provide technical advice to Peru, through the government-to-government mechanism, for the construction of the new Central Highway and Vía Expresa Santa Rosa, Callao.
The MTC reported that the new Central Highway will be inside the Department of Lima with the Longitudinal de la Sierra Highway.
It is worth mentioning that, currently, the Central Highway, starting from Lima, in its northern branch, reaches the city of Cerro de Pasco, and it is on the route leading to the Longitudinal de Sierra Norte Highway. This last road is 1,973 kilometers long, partially paved, and leads to several cities in the departments of Huánuco, Ancash, La Libertad, Cajamarca and Piura.
The Minister of Transportation, Eduardo González, stated that “the new Central Highway will be part of the department of Lima with the Longitudinal de la Sierra Highway, and it is estimated that the new road infrastructure will benefit nine million people.”
The project, which will require an investment of S/.11,571 million, consists of widening the current route of the Central Highway (two lanes) to a modern four-lane highway (two lanes for and two lanes from traffic), which will include five tunnels and several aerial viaducts. The project should be completed by 2025, and it will allow people to travel this road in just over two hours, according to the Minister.
“France will accompany us throughout the construction of the road. There will be a high engineering process which will allow a new level of trafficability between the coast and the center of the country,” added the representative of the MTC.
That sector reported that Provías Nacional, implementation unit of the MTC, led the selection process of the successful State, and its result was announced by the President Francisco Sagasti, during the supervision the works conducted on a bridge under construction by the Regional Government of Junín.
The ministry explained that, as part of the execution of the government-to-government agreement, France will establish a Project Management Office (PMO) to provide the aforementioned technical advice.