Metro Bogota Project Delayed Following Latest Engineering Studies
The proposed September launch of the initial tenders for the Metro de Bogota project has been delayed, as engineering studies reveal that construction along the proposed route would result in the collapse of 13 buildings on carreras 11 and 13.
Underground works which will involve excavations every 8 blocks have proved to be unfeasible in the originally proposed route, as the works would damage the foundations of large buildings along a central stretch of the Colombian capital.
William Camargo, director of the Urban Development Institute (IDU) explained that they would have to construct a system of panels that would land movement and collapse, but that this would result in additional time and cost. Early projections indicate 6.8 billion pesos would have to be added the cost of the first stretch of the line 1 project, which will be wholly underground and run for 27 kilometers.
This unforeseen setback is particularly frustrating for those in charge of the project, with the mayor Bogota Gustavo Petro announcing only last month that the project would be completed earlier and for less money than originally projected. This will no longer be the case and ongoing studies will reveal shortly the full extent of the delay.