The winter break that began this Monday in the metropolitan area, Buenos Aires and 14 other provinces will be the last that the frozen rate on Highway 2. The main road to unite the Federal Capital with the cities of the Buenos Aires coast will go up -for the category of cars- a fifty%after the provincial government finalized the public hearing required by the rules for updating rates.
The Aubasa company, which manages the corridor of nearly 800 kilometers that communicates the main tourist cities of the coast, including the road to Mar del Plata, was enabled to raise the toll prices in 39% average.
The modification occurs after more than three years of freezing. The last modification occurred in April 2019, before the pandemic.
Now motorists will pay 180 pesos at the Samborombón and Maipú stands, to go to the Mar del Plata sands. And $150 in each post in the case of the “reduced” rate (Monday to Thursday during the year, except holidays and long weekends).
The tolls of the routes to the Coast will increase by 50% after being frozen for three years.
The application of the new tariff scheme will impact after the winter school break. “There is a decision by Governor Axel Kicillof not to increase in the middle of the winter period so as not to harm the tourist movement,” they told Clarion in the provincial government.
Today the value of the ticket for cars is $100 from Monday to Thursday and $120 on weekends. The costs correspond to what is paid for each section.
The delay in authorizing increases in passes led to a deterioration of road infrastructure. As reported in the Committee of Road Users (Conaduv), “the toll that is charged both on the Buenos Aires – La Plata Highway and on the Integrated Road Corridor of the Atlantic (Highway 2, Interbalnearia Route 11 and related), is directly a charge economic and transit tax. It generates serious social and economic damage to users, to the localities served by the different corridors and to the whole of society,” said Ricardo Lasca, director of that entity.
In Aubasa they said that even without increases, works could be inaugurated. This summer, the province enabled the dual expansion of routes 56 and 11that make up the concession.
Two months ago, the government put out to tender a 10 billion-peso project to be carried out by Vialidad to repave 146 kilometers between the districts of La Plata and Doloresthat cross towns such as Brandsen, Chascomús, Lezama and Castelli.
The initiative contemplates improvements in pavements of both roads and shoulders. Includes returns or links; horizontal signage; reconstruction of railings on the bridge over the Samborombon River; rehabilitation, routine maintenance and lighting, and the proposed execution period is 12 months.
In Aubasa they reported that there are other works underway: demarcation of route 56 (from Conesa to Madariaga and route 11 from Conesa to Crotto corner (both directions), and from Lavalle to Conesa (hand to capital).
The determination of the tariff adjustment seeks to impact the finances of the state company. According to sources from the toll workers union, Aubasa needs resources from the provincial Treasury to pay 70% of salary to the more than 1,100 agents who work in the company. In December 2019, the company had an operating surplus of 1,000 million pesos.
Last week, the province enabled the modification of the box on the Buenos Aires-La Plata highway. It also has an average of 39%, but for those who use the service the most, the increase will be 43 and 51%, depending on whether it is rush hour or non-peak.
For the automobile category, the 55 kilometers between the two capitals will cost 100 pesos during normal hours – until now $66 has been paid – and 120 during peak hours – until now with a value of $84.
This week the government would be in a position to put this table into practice. But it has not yet been reported when the price signs next to the toll booths will change.
La Plata (Correspondent)