President Martinelli requested to put out to tender, as soon as possible, the roadworks on Via España to connect it with the North and South corridors.
In addition to the stretch of road on Via España other interventions are planned for some of the avenues in the capital such as Samuel Lewis and the exit from the Costa del Este, as well as the construction of viaducts and overpasses.
The proposed expansion and rehabilitation of 185 kilometers of the Inter-American highway from Veraguas to Chiriqui is being divided into five parts to be tendered separately.
The information was released by the chief of Public Works, Jaime Ford. This amount is $100 million more than the $750 million suggested by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF). "Right now the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) is refining the details in order to receive offers to be presented by companies in the best value tenders scheduled for 21, 22 and 23 of August," reported Prensa.com.
In mid-2013 authorities will put out to tender the renovation and widening to four lanes of 280 kilometers of road between Santiago de Veraguas, and David in Chiriqui.
Prensa.com reported that "the announcement was made by the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, in an interview with Telemetro Reporta, in which also said that the estimated cost of the works will be around $700 million."
The Martinelli administration is proposing a "turnkey" tender for the expansion of the InterAmerican Highway to four lanes between Santiago and David, before the end of his term.
As outlined in an article in Prensa.com, "The Minister of Economy and Finance, Frank De Lima, announced yesterday at the seventh National Competitiveness Forum that before the end of the current administration there will be a tender for the expansion to four lanes of the Inter-American Highway between the cities of Santiago de Veraguas, and David, Chiriquí. Speaking earlier, the Minister of Public Works, James Ford, said they are working on the basis that it would be a 'turnkey' project. "
The Ministry of Housing has announced the construction in the coming years, of 5,000 houses in the Province of Colón aimed to address the housing deficit.
"For over 20 years this province has been facing a severe shortage of homes, which is why the Government is currently developing the following housing the projects: Manuel Castillo, with 500 apartment units, Nuevo Arco Iris and La Victoria, with about 350 houses, and Senior Buena Vista, with 300, plus about 200 homes in Portobelo. "
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