The government has announced it will be inviting bids for river dredging in order to prevent flooding as well as maintenance of roads that are affected during the rainy season.
The Minister of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing (CIV), Aldo Garcia, stated that he was aware that the $52 million allocated to dealing with the consequences of the rainy season on road infrastructure will not be enough, but explained that " ... 'we paid off a road sweeping debt of 400 million quetzales which we owed to contractors since 2015, we only have 400 million quetzales left ($52 million)'. "
281 contests for road maintenance and 89 supervision projects are in the pipeline.
The Road Maintenance Trust Fund (Covial) is executing a road maintenance plan that involves maintenance works for roads and bridges.
"Since March 4 until yesterday we have published on Guatecompras 209 contests for maintaining paved roads, 72 for repairing unpaved routes and 89 for monitoring projects .Pending contests are for the maintenance of bridges. "
Non-payment by the Road Maintenance Unit has led to a standstill of almost 70% of contracted works.
José González Campos, president of the Guatemalan Association of Construction Contractors adds that they are still working but at a much slower pace.
"The representative of the contractors says that according to his estimates, until December 31st, just COVIAL owed them $ 192 million for regular road maintenance works and the repairs to damage caused by natural disasters," reported Sigloxxi.com.
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