A previously called into question local company offered lower prices than international consortia who also submitted bids.
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) has awarded to the consortium Hernan Solis-La Estrella the construction of the northern stretch of the ring road, at a cost of $141 million. Work will begin in the first months of 2015 and will take 18 months.
The Board of Directors of Consejo Nacional de Vialidad has not yet authorized the agency to use the electronic procurement system Mer -Link .
Although the National Roads Authority (Conavi) is now ready to use the electronic procurement system Mer -Link , the Board of Directors of the company has not granted permission, as they are still studying the contract.
An announcement has been made to implement an electronic payment system on buses circulating in the capital.
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), the Regulatory Authority for Public Services (ARESEP) and the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) signed an agreement for the implementation of an electronic payment system on buses circulating the capital. The project will be implemented in three phases and will start with the intersectoral routes.
The Ministry of Transport and Public Works will put the works out to tender at the end of the first quarter of 2014.
From a Press Release by the Presidential House of Costa Rica:
"By signing an addendum to the voluntary agreement between the Association Council for Real Estate Development (CODI) and the National Council for Roads (Conavi) there will be an extension to 5 -lanes of the ring road Santa Ana- Belen two kilometers long, and 4 bridges located on this highway in which an investment of $34 million is estimated to be carried out. The first phase of work will involve the relocation of utilities and will start next January in order to have the necessary space to allow extending the lanes.
The Mexican company ICA, the Dominican La Estrella, the Chinese Sinohydro and two Costa Rican construction companies are bidding for road works projects worth $115 million.
The Mexican ICA, the Dominican La Estrella, the Chinese Sinohydro were those companies involved in a contest conducted by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) for the construction of the northern section of the ring road in the capital city. Also taking part are the Costa Rican companies Hernan Solis and Meco by way of business consortia, allied with ICA and La Estrella.
The delay in the approval of the Chinese loan for the construction of the road to Limón suggests the need to consider other options.
The Government of China has set December 31 as the deadline to maintain the conditions of $395 million loan offered to build the road to Limon, but the Legislature could take up to April 30, 2014 to discuss it.
The Spanish company FCC won the $34 million contract to build a 10,000 m² hangar for aircraft maintenance.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) made the award for the new hangar where the cooperative in charge of repairing and maintaining aircraft will be relocated to. The new structure will be located 150 meters from the runway of the Juan Santa Maria airport and will be ready in 18 months.
The project, funded with a $395 million loan from the Chinese government and $89 million from Costa Rica, has been signed by President Chinchilla.
Route 32 stretches for 107 kilometers between the River Frío and the city of Limón, and will be expanded to four lanes with "bike lanes, sidewalks, hard shoulders, bus bays and access to side streets."
Nacion.com reports that "The initiative will be sent to the Legislature for approval.
Semanariouniversidad.ucr.cr reports that "Of the 22 maintenance contracts given by Conavi around the country, this firm were awarded 13, ie 60% of all projects. In total the company has received maintenance contracts worth over $133.4 million.
With an investment of between $20 and $25 million, the Ministry of Public Works is putting out to tender the widening of the stretch of road going from Pozuelo Factory up to the Funeraria Jardines del Recuerdo.
According to Pedro Castro, chief of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), the tender is ready, they're just waiting on resolving an environmental issue and if there are no setbacks the project will be published next week in the La Gaceta.
The first competition imposed tight deadlines for the submission of tenders, resulting in its abandonment due to lack of bidders.
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has announced that in two weeks it will publish the tender for new designs for the reconstruction of three sections of Route 1856, on the border with Nicaragua.
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