QUITO – Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced Saturday that he will undertake the construction of “superhighways” in several regions of the country to get car and truck traffic moving more efficiently.
In his habitual Saturday report, Correa said that his government plans to invest some $5 billion in the 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) of superhighways that will connect a number of the country’s main cities and productive areas.
Correa plans to finish the project in 2014, and spoke of widening the 45-kilometer (28-mile) Panamerican international highway that crosses his country from north to south through the Andes.
He said that one goal is to widen several highways already existing on the new routes, which will save time and money in the transit of people and goods around the country.
He said that these highways are the Machala-Guayaquil-Quevedo, the Guayaquil-La Cadena, the Manta-Quevedo-Santo Domingo, the Esmeraldas-Santo Domingo-Aloag, the Machala-Cuenca, and the Panamerican between the international Rumichaca bridge on the border with Colombia and the city of Riobamba in the country’s central Andean region.
According to the head of state, these “superhighways” will also reduce the danger of accidents.