The Bolivian government reopened today the highway linking the cities of La Paz and El Alto, two of the most important in the country, a road whose reconstruction lasted two and a half years, called Heroes of the Chaco War for the conflict that faced that country with Paraguay, between 1932 and 1935.
The opening ceremony was headed by the country's president, Evo Morales, and had the particularity of gathering two marches in the middle of the road: one from the lower part and another from its highest point.
During the central act, the Minister of Public Works, Milton Claros, indicated that what initially had to be a rehabilitation "has become a total reconstruction", referring to the works carried out in the stretch of more than 10 kilometers.
The highway that joins the initial 3,600 meters of altitude of La Paz with the 4,000 of its end in El Alto, in the place called La Ceja.
The cost of road infrastructure was 42.8 million dollars financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Claros said.
The minister explained that the track has a platform of rigid pavement 25 centimeters thick that makes its useful life "exceeds twenty years."
In addition, the highway has six lanes, three for each direction, a modern lighting system and several murals that show samples of Andean culture in its route.
In turn, President Morales stressed that delivering the new highway was an "enormous joy" and highlighted its symbolism since in 2003 it became a "battlefield".
That year unleashed the social protests that led to the resignation of then-president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (2002-2003) and allowed a change in "economic model," said the president.
The reconstruction of the highway began in June 2016 and presented some delays to avoid its complete closure because it is the most important connection between the two cities of western Bolivia.
The works in the road structure are the first to be carried out in its entirety after its construction in the 1970s, driven by the dictator Hugo Banzer Suárez.