Plan your trip: this is how Colombia’s roads are at the start of Holy Week

During this Holy Week of 2022, the Ministry of Transport predicts that 8,326,792 vehicles will be mobilized throughout Colombia. Photo: Colprensa – Camila Diaz

From this Friday, April 8 to next Sunday, April 17, it is expected that on the occasion of Holy Week, in Colombia 2,658,493 passengers are mobilized through the 49 terminals of the country, and 8,326,792 vehicles throughout the national territory. For this reason, the authorities have announced what is the state of the national roadsso that travelers avoid setbacks and therefore traffic jams.

In dialogue with Caracol Radio, the technical and structuring director of Invías, Guillermo Toro Acuña, reported that although most of the road corridors in the country are activated, the roads Nariño as in the section Los Curos – Málaga (Santander) records total closures due to heavy rainfall and sudden increases that have been recorded in recent days.

“In Nariño, due to the weather, there are problems due to landslides which, at dawn, caused a total closure. We are mobilizing machines. There is already a lane available for mobility,” Toro told the same outlet.

About the hallway The Curos – Málaga, in Santanderthe technical director of Invías communicated in front of the microphones of Caracol Radio that, for the moment, a total road closure is reported at kilometer 88 due to the sudden rise that occurred in the El Canelo stream, which caused the fall of rocky material on the sector and, in addition, generated damage to the bridge in the area.

According to Toro, traffic authorities, emergency agencies and other road workers are work with yellow machines to clear road corridor and thus be able to allow the circulation of vehicles.

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Likewise, he informed the same radio network as to date partial closures were reported on some roads in Antioquia and the Pereira-Quibdó corridordue to landslides in recent hours.

“In Villeta-Guaduas we had traffic difficulties, in coordination with the agents, some lanes are starting to be opened,” added Toro in his dialogue with Caracol Radio.

For his part, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Camilo Pabónassured in an interview with Blu Radio that, “The rest of the routes, in the places where there was a problem, there was a quick response, both from Invías and from ANI”.

On the other hand, the manager recalled that from this Friday, April 8, there will be mobility restriction for transport vehicles in the country. “Today it starts at 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and tomorrow, Saturday, it starts at 6:00 a.m.Pabón told the same media.

Note that this measure will apply throughout Colombia until next Sunday, April 17 as follows:

– Friday, April 8: from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

– Saturday April 9: from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– Sunday April 10: NOT APPLICABLE.

– Wednesday April 13: from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

– Thursday (Holy) April 14: from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

– Friday (Good) April 15: NOT APPLICABLE.

– Saturday April 16: from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

– Sunday April 17: from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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The director of the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV), Luis Lotafor his part, reminded travelers in an interview with RCN Radio that before traveling on national roads, it is important that they carry out an examination of the general condition of their vehicles, in order to avoid accidents on the roads.

“It is good to take a few minutes to test the operation of the horn, lights, indicators, the position of the mirrors, that your first aid kit is complete and contains everything you need. That the multi-purpose fire extinguisher is valid and the vehicle documentation is up to date”Lota told the Bogota radio station.

To reduce the accident rate on the country’s roads, the Ministry of transportation reported that the Directorate of Transit and Transport will have 6,000 uniforms during Holy Week in 110 prevention and control areas along all Colombian highways.

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