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CREC4 staffers beat harsh conditions in surveying highway in Peru2022-06-02 15:16:01

Staff members from the Municipal Engineering Co Ltd of China Railway No.4 Engineering Group Co., Ltd (CREC4) have successfully conducted their surveying and mapping of the middle hinterland of a 46.249-kilometer-long highway to be built in southern Peru.

Overcoming such difficulties as complex terrain, landslides and harsh weather, staffers from the company’s Peru Highway Project Department completed the job after staying in the open in high mountains between May 15 and 18 in the region of Arequipa.

The planned highway, linking the towns of Andamayo and Ayo, can reduce travel time of the locals from the current six hours to 40 minutes upon completion, playing a key role in enhancing the local public well-being, traffic and boosting local social and economic development.

The highway, to be six meters side and with 4,900 meters above sea level at its highest point, is to traverse deep mountain canyons. As one side of the highway, which faces the sea, are cliffs with steep terrain, it makes the builders, vehicles and machinery unable to access to it. Moreover, as the local climate is arid and hot, with strong wind mixed with sand, while the ecological environment is rather fragile, the conditions facing the CREC4 employees are extremely harsh. Working in such inaccessible barren slopes and mountains is beyond words.

In order to complete the surveying and mapping work, Xiong Hongqing, the project leader, led the managerial staff to discuss the solutions over and over. After multi-party coordination, the project department established a field surveying and mapping team mainly composed of local engineers. Using helicopters, they transported the surveyors, supervisors, much-needed materials and equipment into the hinterland of the project in order to carry out the work.

With careful organization and scientific planning, the project department marked five camp sites with relatively flat terrain along the planned highway, providing convenience for the staffers to take shelters while working. Meanwhile, in order to fully ensure the safety of the staffers, medical and security personnel were also provided this time.