Infrastructure construction company Sacyr Concessions has received a concession to upgrade ‘El Camino de la Fruta’ or Route 66 in Chile.

Estimated to cost $575m, the project will upgrade the 142km-long highway that leads to Chile’s Valparaíso and San Antonio ports.

The road passes through Malloa, San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, Peumo, Las Cabras, San Pedro, Santo Domingo and San Antonio.

The work includes multi-level intersections, upgrades to existing highway structures and road surfaces, the creation of third lanes in some stretches, drainage work and the installation of signage and road safety measures.

Lighting, overhead walkways, stopping points, cycle paths and main toll stations will also be constructed along the highway.

The project is expected to support traffic flow for trucks travelling to the San Antonio port.

Sacyr Concessions’ assets in Chile include five highways collectively spanning 701km, Antofagasta Hospital, El Tepual and Arica Airports, the Los Vilos-La Serena highway and the Américo Vespucio Oriente (AVO I) highway in Santiago.

The company’s presence spans ten countries around Europe and Latin America, with 45 backlog assets.

A subsidiary of Sacyr, the concessionaire manages a total investment of €13.4bn and its future income backlog is approximately €30.34bn.

Last month, Sacyr Maintenance received a contract from the General Directorate of Highways of the Ministry of Public Works for the maintenance of the ZA-04 sector in Zamora, Spain.

The €15.3m contract is valid for three years with the option for a two-year extension.