Government presented Central Railway project

In the presence of the President of the Republic and members of the Executive Power, the project called Central Railway was presented to hundreds of interested parties.

The project aims to build and maintain 273 km of railways between the Port of Montevideo and the city of Paso de los Toros.

This is an infrastructure work relevant to the multimodal transport system and the most important of the railways in recent years. The standard for the movement of freight trains will be increased to 80 kilometers per hour and 22.5 tons per axle.

The project includes an initial double-track section of 26 km, a dozen secondary tracks for train crossings, a section of track for industrial access and more than 40 railway bridges that are reinforced or built new.

The defined route includes the by-pass of several populated centers and the rectification of curves, to allow greater safety in the circulation of trains. In the interaction with the urban networks of different cities, overpasses will be built (railroad buried in trenches) and at crossings level will be placed barriers systems with luminous signage and sound effects, an automated system that will guarantee the highest road safety.

Before the hundreds of interested people, the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Victor Rossi, indicated that with the project "the renewal of the national railroad is looked for and there are dozens of companies interested, who will be presented the studies realized for the concretion of the work ".

In the coming weeks meetings will be held between technical teams and companies to prepare the bidding document. Rossi said that from the government "it is hoped to start the work between March and July 2018, which will be by the public-private modality." The project is expected to last 36 months of construction and 22 years of maintenance.

The chief noted that the important attendance of national and international businessmen "shows that we are well regarded abroad and the trust that exists in the country of companies around the world."