LKS Colombia will draft the construction project of the north regional road in Medellín (Colombia)

LKS COLOMBIA was awarded the public tender called by the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley, administration that manages projects in Medellín and its metropolitan area. The project scope includes the review and adjustments to the construction project developed 14 years ago, for the continuation of the North Regional road that runs parallel to the Medellín River at its eastern bank, in the northern part of the city, connecting the city of Medellín with the towns of Bello and Copacabana. This new road will supply the demand for transportation of a large portion of the city, located on the east bank of the river, which currently have to move to the west bank in order to travel northward.

The project consists of 3 km of road in 3 lanes northbound. The project represents a great challenge since it is located in a heavily populated area of the city. The scope for LKS includes inventory and study of all properties that will be affected by the construction of the new road. With the implementation of this road, the sanitation problems will also be solved, as there are population settlements that currently discharge their waste water directly into the Medellín River.

Medellín is a densely populated city and, due to its mountain topography, addresses its dynamics in the axis of the river that crosses the city lengthwise from north to south. The north regional road will complement a multimodal transportation system, which includes the construction of a railway line for intercity transportation among the municipalities that make up the Metropolitan Area, in addition to the existing passenger transport systems such as the Medellín Metro and the Metrocable.

The completion of this project involves great challenges for a multidisciplinary group of professionals, as its complexity lies in several technical, environmental and social approaches. Firstly, because it is close to the river, in a section where it is not channeled, which involves geological and geotechnical forecasts to face the river dynamics. In turn, the relocation of hundreds of homes comprises a large management for the city. Finally, as it is a densely populated area, topographical work is required, combining global positioning systems methods with conventional topography methods.