Eldorado Avenue, also called Calle 26, Avenida Calle 26 or Avenida Jorge Eliecer Gaitán, is an important thoroughfare in Bogotá, Colombia. Its construction began in 1952 to connect the center of Bogotá, to the east, with El Dorado International Airport, to the west. Together with the Autopista Norte, it constitutes one of the most modern avenues in Bogotá. Some of the office buildings of large public and private institutions in Colombia are located there. The roads are separated by planted green areas and gardens, adorned with large sculptures, also housing a section of Bogotá's Bike Paths Network|Bogotá's bike paths. In its western sector it is the widest avenue in Bogotá.
In 1946 it was proposed to widen Calle 26 to 42 meters wide from Avenida Caracas to Ciudad Universitaria, so that there it would tie up with Avenida de las Américas.
The current event was built between 1952 and 1958, at the same time with the construction of the El Dorado International Airport, which was put into service in 1959, to replace the old Techo Aerodrome, which was located next to the Banderas roundabout, at the end of Avenida de las Américas.
It is born in the foothills of Cerro de Monserrate, in Carrera Tercera in the Germania neighborhood and gradually descends towards the west crossing the center of Bogotá.
It is the widest in Bogotá, with four wide roads, two with three fast lanes and the remaining two with two lanes for slow traffic and a berm for most of its route. In the Ciudad Salitre neighborhood, the avenue has two additional roads for local traffic.
From the fourth race, the avenue has a sunken channel design below ground level until race 16. At the height of the Carrera Séptima|Carrera Septima, it passes behind the National Library and next to the Torre Colpatria|Colpatria Tower, on the south sidewalk. . On the opposite sidewalk (north) are the Parque de la Independencia, 50 meters to the west the church of San Diego (between races 7 and 10) and, between races Décima and 13, the Hotel Tequendama. On Avenida Caracas stands the Torres Atrio project that will have the tallest building in the country. From there to the west, the avenue is called Calle 26.
Its course towards the west continues in front of the Central Cemetery of Bogotá|Central Cemetery (to the south side), until it crosses the Avenida de las Américas and the North-Quito-South trunk at the height of the District Administrative Center (CAD).
Then it goes through the campus of the National University of Colombia, and at the height of Carrera 50 by the Embassy of the United States to the south and the National Administrative Center (CAN) to the north, in front of which is Cemsa.
To the west of its intersection with Avenida 68 are the buildings of Banco Davivienda, the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, the newspaper El Tiempo (Colombia)|El Tiempo, the GHL Hotel Capital and the Marriott Hotels & Resorts|Marriott Bogotá hotel, among others.
Then there is an area of commercial headquarters of important companies, the industrial sector of Fontibón on the south side, the Monument to Queen Isabel and Christopher Columbus, made in 1906 by Cesare Sighinolfi|Césare Sighinolfi and the El Dorado International Airport, where the avenue ends.
In 2012, the works that had begun in 2009 were completed and Line K of the TransMilenio mass transit system was inaugurated on this avenue. This begins in the center of the city, at Las Aguas (TransMilenio) station, continues west to Portal Eldorado (TransMilenio) on Avenida Cali. From there the trunk continues through feeder services to the airport.
- Muelle de Carga
- Puente Aéreo
- Portal Eldorado (TransMilenio)
- Avenida Rojas
- El Tiempo - Maloka
- Salitre - El Greco
- Quinta Paredes
- Recinto Ferial
- Ciudad Universitaria
- Concejo de Bogotá
- Centro Memoria
- Estación Central
- ACUERDO 66 DE 1948 "Sobre honores a la memoria del doctor Jorge Eliécer Gaitán" Consejo de Bogotá
- 2342971. "La carrera de la modernidad. Construcción de la carrera Décima. Bogotá (1945-1960)". Issuu. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
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