Buenos Aires Is Constructing a Bypass to Alleviate Traffic

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The city of Buenos Aires in Argentina is going to undergo great infrastructure changes. That is because millions of dollars are going into the Paseo del Bajo project. This new bypass is going to connect the Illia and Buenos Aires-La Plata highways and create new urban parks while upgrading transit circulation for private trucks, vehicles, public bus routes and other forms of urban transit.

The new highway connection has already started. Construction began in early 2017 and is expected to end in 2019. Connection between the Illia highway and Buenos Aires-La Planta highway would allow over 20,000 vehicles and around 10,000 trucks to pass through an over four-mile route. It is designed to funnel trucks and large vehicles underground to the highways, train stations and ports, with passenger cars passing along the remodeled Avenidas Alicia Moreau de Justo and Huergo-Madero. Since this renovation does not include more traffic lights, the city of Buenos Aires says the non-stop heavy vehicle activity would alleviate congestion and reduce pollution.

A substantial amount of the new highway connection corridor is going underground, and that will create more room for recreational activities including plazas, urban parks and cycling waterways. The city believes the new areas will help tourism. According to Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the project is not just a valued asset for the capital, but for the entire country.

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For more information, visit http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/planeamiento/visionciudad/paseo-del-bajo.

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