CLIENT: FERROCARRIL DEL PACÍFICO
Valle del Cauca (Colombia)
During 2010 and 2011, Colombia suffered its most devastating natural disaster of the last 40 years, the La Niña phenomenon. The effects were such that they overwhelmed the normal response capacity of the state.
The project provides solutions to repair and protect a set of seven critical points identified along the alignment of the Pacific railway system in the Cauca valley area. These points were the cause of the interruption of the system’s service, operated by the company Ferrocarril del Pacifico, SAS.
The work is part of the emergency works promoted by the Adaptation Fund that the national government created as the institutional mechanism for identifying and prioritising needs in the winter recovery, construction and reconstruction phase to mitigate and prevent risks and to protect the population from the economic, social and environmental threats.
The main measures designed include the protection of water courses and streams near the track, the stabilising of hillsides affected by mass movements and the improvement of the platform’s culverts and longitudinal drains.
Given the features of the medium and logistical difficulties of access, all the works were designed to take maximum advantage of the environment and to integrate into the natural environment. For this, bio-engineering and natural engineering works have been implemented.