With the construction of the first 23 miles of the CLN, the Road Connectivity FOMILENIO project has enabled 63.934 local residents to mobilize their products in less time, has joined two municipalities which for years had been separated by the Rio Lempa and improved access to basic services like education and health.
This road had a cost of U.S. $ 34.6 million, which included construction of the bridge over the Lempa River in the municipality of Santa Rosa Guachipilín, housing for poor families near the stretch of the highway, drainage systems, bridges and environmental protection works. The road was constructed by MECO Construction, which employed over 480 Salvadorans.
Meco of Costa Rica sued the Salvadoran government and Fomilenio for $1.3 million related to increased costs in the contract to build a road.
Elsalvador.com reports: "An international arbitration court has ruled in favor of the Salvadoran government and the Millennium Fund of El Salvador (Fomilenio) who the Costa Rican company MECO sued for $ 1.3 million alleging that El Salvador breached the "financial suitability" clause of the contract for construction of section II of the Northern Longitudinal Highway: Metapan-Santa Rosa Guachipilín. The 'financial suitability', that MECO refers to concerns the calculation of the cost increases of the work over time (known as polynomial formula). "The company explained that this formula did not cover the increases in material that might be seen during the course of the execution of the work.
The abandonment of work on section 3-B of the Longitudinal del Norte in El Salvador by the company in charge, has obliged Fomilenio to hire another company to complete the road.
An article in Laprensagrafica.com reports that "The Colombian consortium Contein-Cortázar and Gutiérrez-La Herrera left the construction site of section 3-B of the Highway Longitudinal del Norte a little over a week ago.
Yesterday, Fomilenio awarded Constructoa Meco a contract to build a 30 kilometer stretch, from Ciudad Barrios to Cacaopera.
The Millenium Challenge Account committed to contribute $233 million for this road. Up to now, the entity has awarded contracts for $107 million, the last being the one awarded yesterday to Meco for $23.4 million.
In 2009's second half, Fomilenio will call bids in El Salvador for the construction of several highway stretches and two bridges.
The Millennium Fund (Fomilenio) has committed nearly $174 million to be executed in the second half of the year for the enlargement of the Northern Longitudinal Highway (Carretera Longitudinal del Norte, CLN, in Spanish).
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