Construction is underway on the new highway connecting Peru’s second city, Arequipa, with Moqeugua. The project is costing US$125.5 million and is due for completion in 2020. The work is challenging, not the least because the route runs through a mountainous area. The existing road features many switchbacks and particularly in Omate District, which can pose hazards for drivers in poor weather. The new highway aims to boost both safety and capacity, reducing dangers for users as well as cutting journey times.