Also in the news for Chiloé, the government recently announced approval for the construction of the first bridge to link Chiloé and the mainland. (Currently the island can be reached only via ferry across the Chacao Channel.) The bridge will connect the island directly to the Pan American Highway, Chile’s main north-south route. Plans for the bridge were first put forward in 2002, but were repeatedly set aside due to the high cost of steel. Now, however, the government has announced that construction of the 2,750-metre-long bridge will begin in 2015. The USD $270 Million project will be full of symbolic importance for the inhabitants of Chiloé, who have, since age immemorial, lived isolated from the rest of Chile.
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