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Santa Fe and Paraná are connected deep by a subfluvial tunnel that unfolds along the river bearing the same name.
This is the first road link linking Mesopotamia with the rest of Argentina. At the time, it represented an innovation in the works of its kind. The subfluvial tunnel “Uranga-Sylvestre Begnis” was officially inaugurated on December 13, 1969, after nine years of arduous management and construction. Prior to its creation, the crosses used to be made by raft. Therefore, it not only came to solve the communication between the two provinces, but also to improve many other aspects. Transport, trade and social life benefit from it on a daily basis.
With its 2939 meters in length , it has the advantage of being almost insensitive to loads. In fact, the materials and techniques used in its construction were the most advanced during the time. The assembly consisted of 36 prefabricated concrete tubes weighing 4200 tons. These were 10.80 meters of outer diameter and 65.45 meters long. They all came from a dry dock made for that purpose. Once they were ready, they would be moved to the docks and cranes would sink them to the bottom of the river. Through a dredge they were fixed and subsequently assembled. The central for this work was a floating island that came from Holland.
Among its characteristics , we can mention that the work has a system of ventilation and renewal of the air by the gases of vehicles. This consists of 4 fans per header. In addition, a closed television system was installed with distributed speakers that allow control of the place. They are distributed throughout the journey to alert drivers to possible traffic problems. In addition, there is a pressure water pipe with outlet taps and hoses every 100 meters for possible fires.
In the beginning , it was named the Hernandarias Tunnel of Saavedra , in homage to the first governor of the Río de la Plata during colonialism. However, in 2001 his name took the current form in reference to Raúl Uranga and Carlos Sylvestre Begnis . They, respectively, were the heads of State of Entre Ríos and Santa Fe responsible for the realization of this magnificent project . To this day, the work is maintained and managed by a biprovincial body.
The road to its materialization began on June 15, 1960. There, an inter-provincial treaty was signed which provided for its construction and that the costs would be met in equal parts. In this regard, a regulatory commission was established to prepare the basis for international bidding. He also took care of the preparation of the project and the subsequent implementation. The whole process depended on both legislatures voting on relevant laws leading to the commencement of work.
There were countless events, obstacles and conflicts that broke out in between. There were changes in government, lack of funding and years with construction half-done. Finally, the capital was acquired through the Nation and a workshop was deployed with more than two thousand workers who gave it all. As a result, the arrival of the summer of 1969 brought with it the expected opening.
On December 13 of that year, the scissors cut the ribbon and two localities became sisters . The de facto president Juan Carlos Onganía and governors Eladio Modesto Vázquez (Santa Fe) and Ricardo Favre (Entre Ríos) inaugurated it. Along with the event, pride and celebrations could be heard at both ends of the puddle. A manifestation of history and political decision to improve the quality of life of the People . Would you dare to travel for it?
Publication Date: 05/08/2020
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