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Cementos Argos completes first 4G Road

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Concesión Costera (a consortium made up of Mario Huertas, MECO, Colpatria, and Castro Tcherassi) officially delivered the viaduct that rises over La Virgen Swamp in the department of Bolívar. This mega-project is not only the largest viaduct in the country, which spans 4.73 km, it is also the first 4G road to be completed.

Cementos Argos completes first 4G Road

Cementos Argos participated in the construction of this project as a strategic supplier by contributing a special product, an efficient logistics network, and a unique value proposition. Argos supplied over 65 000 m3 of concrete, which is equivalent to approximately 10 800 trips by mixer trucks.

“We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful project that helps to improve connectivity between Cartagena and Barranquilla, strengthens tourism, promotes new and efficient construction processes with low environmental impact, and bolsters the development of the Caribbean region," said Tomás Restrepo, Vice President of Argos Colombian Region. "We responded very efficiently to the significant demand for product generated by the project, and throughout the whole process we contributed our experience, quality, and innovative solutions to help make it a success.”

Due to the complex nature of this project, Concesión Costera hired Rizzani, an Italian firm that employed innovative technologies and special processes to ensure the preservation of the swamp. Argos developed a high-strength, low-permeability concrete with other characteristics that are ideally suited to the environmental conditions in which the viaduct was built.

This project implemented a construction system called top-down, which involved the installation of concrete piles the size of a 10-story building (an average of 30 m).

This project will reduce the travel time between these two coastal cities by 30 mins.

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