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ParadiseLost
8/3/2019 18:16 EST

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Un recorrido por el imponente Túnel de Oriente

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EpaEpaEpa
8/3/2019 20:11 EST

One hopes there is more control over 
their tunnel than there in Cali. In ours there have been numerous "piques" (street races) both by motos and alta gama carros. They are late at night of course so can be avoided.

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SkyMan
8/4/2019 10:09 EST

Does anyone really believe it's going to be open on August 15th....as promised ? Time-will-tell. Buena Suerte !

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ParadiseLost
8/13/2019 09:16 EST

@skyman the tunnel is meant to be opened by the President this Thursday at 3 p.m. as planned.

Note, according to El Colombiano there will only be electronic tolls (Flypass). Whether that is temporary, either awaiting the second bore opening, competing cash tolls or just to encourage more into Flypass I don’t know.

The toll through the tunnel is I think 4,000 pesos more than the existing airport route.

It’ll be interesting to see whether taxis and the airport bus take the old or new route going forward.

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Axel1919
8/13/2019 09:25 EST

I read the toll would be more than 19000 pesos for the new street to the airport. Maybe it is paved by gold.

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ParadiseLost
8/13/2019 09:41 EST

@axel1919

The toll is COP 16,900 so say $5. True that’s expensive by local standards but as there were existing tolls on the other routes to the airport the difference isn’t that great. Spending just over a $1 extra to cut twenty or thirty minutes off the trip into town - remembering Las Palmas can be a road with plenty of accidents - seems like a no brainer to me. If you can afford a car in Colombia you can afford the toll.

One other benefit, for both sides, is that cyclists and cars won’t have to compete for space so much on the Las Palmas route in particular at the weekends.

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Axel1919
8/13/2019 09:53 EST

Paradise, I agree. Maybe I thinking to much for the local people. For them would be a cheap toll a better help . Let's enjoy the new route.

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ParadiseLost
8/13/2019 10:37 EST

@axel1919 as I suggest for most Colombians who have a car the toll isn’t an issue. Having a car isn’t the norm as it is elsewhere. Many of the average Colombians who travel through the tunnel will do so in a bus. The extra impact of the toll in that case will be minimal and they’ll get to ‘enjoy’ the new route.

Remember as well that other than the airport the tunnel is also connecting with the land around Rio Negro where many of the wealthy have first or second homes. Much of the travel, in particular at the weekends, is to those properties. Those people can afford the toll (if you’ve spent $80k on a Land cruiser the extra $1 toll is not a big deal).

Medellin has an air pollution issue and they’ve increasingly employed more and more aggressive tactics to cut traffic in the city. Having a cheap toll to drive a car into the city doesn’t fit that program very well does it?

One of the other benefits of the tunnel will be an improvement for commercial vehicles. The existing route out of the city is very tough on commercial vehicles and trucks struggle up the gradients. You’ll almost always see one broken down on the way up. On the way down it’s a long distance brake test. So the tunnel should significantly improve the time, cost and safety for trucks. That helps everyone.

The tunnel isn’t just a development to get Gringo’s to their Air BnBs in Poblado and Laureles more quickly.

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