Colombia Has Opened South America’s Longest Road Tunnel: 8.5 Kilometers

La Línea Tunnel is one of the most important infrastructure works in Colombia and now the longest tunnel in Latin America.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Colombia opened South America’s longest road tunnel, the Tunel de la Linea, on Friday  after more than a decade of construction work. The tunnel, which is 8.65 km long, aims to reduce the time and cost of moving goods from the Pacific port city of Buenaventura to the centre of the country.

“This is a triumph of a persevering, intense, working, dreaming and desire-realizing Colombia,” President Ivan Duque said at the opening ceremony.

The project, which runs through the central range of the Andes in the country’s west, cost more than 1 . . .

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