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Venezuela – Reinforced Earth® walls for the “Cinta Costera”


In Vargas State, Freyssinet-Tierra Armada is constructing Reinforced Earth® walls for the new 17-km long seafront.

In 2016 the Vargas State authorities launched a major project to construct a 17-km seafront in northern Venezuela, between the cities of Punta de Mulatos and Macuto.

Freyssinet – Tierra Armada Venezuela was chosen to construct the walls of the works, using their Reinforced Earth® solution keeping with the project budgets, in spite of the difficult economic and social situations prevailing in the country.  

In all, 14 walls are under construction, extending along a total length of 900 meters, with an average height of 4.48 meters and an area of 4,500 m2. HA 50 x 4 mm galvanised flat bars are being used to reinforce the solid façade and the facing is TerraClass® yellow stone-effect finish, with allegorical marine figures in bas-relief.

For the construction of the walls, Freyssinet – Tierra armada de Venezuela has been able to combine its experience and knowledge with the guidelines and recommendations of the geotechnical engineer in charge of the Project, creating an iconic work that will promote the economic development of the State.

Already known as the Cinta Costera, the purpose of the esplanade is to create a seafront lined with restaurants and infrastructures that promotes sporting, recreational and cultural activities. It will also stimulates local tourism and bring in visitors to Caracas on account of its proximity, attracting outside investment.