Photo via Clarin/Emilia Miguelez

You know that useless, ugly San Telmo “highway to nowhere” hanging over Huergo and San Juan Av.? Great news, it’s finally getting demolished. Autopistas Urbanas (AUSA), the City’s company operating its highways, is in charge of taking it down.

Like or hate the eyesore, you’ll no longer have to see this anymore:

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Back In 1976, when the dictatorship was in full swing here, a brand-new “Urban Highway Plan” was put in place by brigadier Osvaldo Cacciatore, also known as the de facto mayor of Buenos Aires at the time. The city never saw this plan come to completion, leaving a 60-meter, 6000-ton, existential-looking monstrosity suspended in the air.

Almost twenty years later, with President Menem in power, the city tried to build the so-called Ribereña Highway, which would connect the Arturo Illia and Buenos Aires-La Plata highways (a project resurrected from 1978). This didn’t end up happening (shocker) — but at least they are still trying.

Why take it down now? Well, first of all, it’s ugly. It’s in the way of the Paseo del Bajo, which is a great project. And it’s also a 41-year-old relic of the military dictatorship.

Oh, and the Paseo del Bajo is just another name for the Ribereña Highway. Remember? We wrote about this.

Launched recently by President Mauricio Macri, mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, and Buenos Aires province Governor María Eugenia Vidal, the Paseo del Bajo is a “dream project” comprising 7.1 km of highway in twelve lanes under ground level, connecting the north and the south of the city. It is expected to create thousands of jobs, ease traffic congestion, and make room for more green spaces in the Bajo Porteño, the eastern part of the city along the river.

Construction will start in December of this year and is set to finish in 2019.

Check this video:

According to AUSA, the ramp will be dismantled in three parts using one of the largest cranes in Argentina. “They were cut with a diamond-thread technique — and each section was dismantled one by one. Once on the ground, the sections will be demolished with backhoes and also with jaws to separate the concrete from the steel,” explained an AUSA representative to Clarín.

According to Carlos Frugoni, president of AUSA, “this ramp was a symbol of decades of unfulfilled promises and never-ending projects. It was abandoned for 40 years, waiting for the Ribereña Highway to be built. Today we are adapting that structure to the Paseo del Bajo.”

The entryway of Huergo to the 25 de Mayo Highway is currently closed for construction, but it should re-open before the end of August.