Two provinces ask the Nation to transfer national routes to impose tolls and warn that they will also charge provincial routes

At least two governors now maintain that the president’s motto Javier MileiThere’s no money“began to be felt in the maintenance of the national routes that cross their territories and they asked manage them through toll collection. But also, in Black river and Neuquen The leaders submitted projects to their legislatures to collect tolls on their provincial routes. They argue the fall of the Nation’s funds.

Last Friday, the governor of Río Negro, Alberto Weretilneck, sent a project with the collection of tolls on all its paved provincial routes. The provincial Legislature will discuss it this Thursday. Faced with the controversy, because it included routes such as the small circuit of Barilochethe local Executive added this Tuesday an addendum in which excludes the tourist routes of the province.

But also, Weretilneck joined Rolando Figueroagovernor of Neuquenwith the focus on Dead cow. The Neuquén ruling party also presented a bill to be able to “evaluate the installation of tolls on Provincial Route 67, Provincial Route 51 and Provincial Route 7, which have high traffic of vehicles and heavy trailers of hydrocarbon activity operators,” it says. the project presented on March 4.

In the midst of the search for local tolls, this Tuesday they asked National Highways to transfer some routes that cross their territories. “The current national adjustment situation puts the operational capacity of Roads in Río Negro at risk and the same thing happens in Neuquén. Together with Rolando Figueroa we request the national government to transfer the national routes to the provinces,” Weretilneck said on his networks.

“If we do not take care of the maintenance and the works we need, no one will do it. If we continue like this, in the coming years the deterioration will be greater and connectivity inside and outside the provinces will be unviable,” added the Patagonian president.

National Route 22, near Río Negro.

From Neuquén, Rubén , Minister of Infrastructure, spoke: “We ask Roads to allow us to maintain the national routes that are in national territory, where we have danger problems and more than 20 deaths per year in Río Negro and the same in Neuquén “And the Nation has established this policy of doing nothing, not investing and they are not in maintenance and the provinces want to take action on the matter.”

And he clarified: “What is intended is that we be allowed to collect tolls on these national routes and in exchange, the provinces, with their respective Road Directorates, are in charge ofl maintenance and conservation which in some cases are very dangerous, in some places with ruts that practically cannot be circulated. “We want to be summoned to begin negotiations and negotiate the situation.”

In particular they refer to the National Route 22, 151, and 40 in the section that crosses Villa La Angostura (Neuquén) in the center. “The situation is very disastrous,” said the Neuquén minister. A part of the cargo that leaves Vaca Muerta circulates through Río Negro, as does the fruit production of the Alto Valle

From Neuquén and Río Negro they clarify that for light vehicles from Neuquén and Rio Negro they will not charge tolls. “In medium, cargo, heavy and with patents from other jurisdictions, if they are going to have differential toll rates depending on the type of route and schedules, the proposal is being prepared,” Etcheverry remarked.

The central argument of the two governors is the lack of funds. Río Negro receives part of the revenue from a fuel tax and assures that it has been frozen for more than two years. In 2023, that province received 60% of what was planned and in the first quarter of 2024, 40%. In total, the province has 758.7 kilometers of paved provincial routes.

The clarification of the tolls from the governor of Río Negro

“This week the Legislature will discuss the bill establishing a Toll Contribution to guarantee the operation of the Provincial Road Fund, intended for the purchase and maintenance of equipment and routes. The project does not include any tourist route, the idea is to incorporate it into those that are suffering a strong deterioration such as 65, 6 and 69, the most used in the Vaca Muerta circuit,” Weretilneck clarified this Tuesday.

“A toll that will go to those who are not residents of Río Negro or Neuquén,” the president remarked.

Regarding the collection of the toll in Río Negro, the project establishes a base unit that will be the “liter of grade 3 diesel for sale to the public in the ACA of Viedma.” This value will be updated quarterly, it will be 25% of the base unit in motorcycles, a full unit in vehicles, and 50% of the value of the tax base for each axle of heavy transport.

What sections of route do Neuquén and Río Negro request from the Nation?

Neuquén requested the kilometers of National Route 22, from the third bridge on the border with Río Negro to the junction with National Route 40, in Zapala.

Also the section of National Route 242, from its beginning at the junction with National Route 40, in Las Lajas, to the border with Chile, at the Pino Hachado border crossing.

And, National Route 231, from the junction with National Route 40 near Lago Espejo to the border with Chile at the Cardenal Samoré pass.

And according to the Minister of Infrastructure, also National Route 40 in the center of Villa La Angostura.

Route 40 near Villa La Angostura, Neuquén. Photo: Trilce Reyes

Río Negro requested the administration of National Route 22 and 151, which goes from Colonia Catriel to Cipoletti.

On the other hand, within its paved routes, Neuquén has a project in the Legislature for the collection of tolls on: Provincial Route 67, Provincial Route 51 and Provincial Route 7.

While Río Negro plans to collect tolls on provincial routes 6, 8, 65 and 69, and 2.

While in Río Negro it will be discussed on Thursday in the Legislature, this Tuesday the legislators of Neuquén approved by majority the bill sent by Governor Rolando Figueroa to establish a toll system with the aim of financing the construction, the maintenance and repair of provincial routes.

The project creates a special contribution for tolls with the objective of instituting a financing system for road works in the province and their maintenance or repair; and establishes as priority the sections of routes 7, 17, 51 and 67 while empowering the Executive Branch to incorporate new provincial or national routes ceded by the Nation.

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