The consortium made up of the Costa Rican firm MECO and the Mexican firms Cal y Mayor y Asociados and Mexpresa has won the contract to design and build a bridge between Panama and Costa Rica, over the Sixaola River.
Thetenderconsists of the design and construction of a binational bridge over the river Sixaola, and construction is scheduled to begin in late February 2017. The new binational bridge will have one lane in each direction, and will include bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways.It is expected that the new border structure will be in service in the first quarter of 2018.
The Office for Project Services at the UN is putting out to tender the design and construction of a binational bridge over the Sixaola River.
The tender for the "Design and Construction of Binational Bridge over the River Sixaola under Sustainability Standards between Costa Rica and Panama," is only open, via contract or subcontract, to the following Private sector contracting companies:
The bridge building project which has been on paper since 2005 has been resurrected, with the announcement that the documents needed to tender the construction will be ready in March and the works will start in June.
Eleven years and half a dozen Panamanian and Costa Rican presidents have tried to put out to tender the construction of the bridge over the Sixaola river on the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Extreme bureaucracy, unenforceability and unfulfilled political promises surrounded the project which now has a new contract announcement.
The first stage of the pilot program, which began on June 1, consists of transferring the post of El Florido Guatemala, to Honduran offices in Agua Caliente.
The second phase, scheduled for December, "... involves the installation of "peripheral posts", with which border points will be removed and turned into only crossing and control points, trade will through peripheral positions. " This will be possible once the congresses of both countries ratify the Enabling Protocol.
Different tariff policies from the rest of the region and inadequate infrastructure at border posts do not facilitate the country's integration into the Customs Union.
Authorities at the Customs Department claim that they have identified the aspects that need to be worked on and improved in order to achieve integration with other countries in the region. However, "... The fact that each country has its independent free trade agreements with other nations creates a risk to free passage as represented by a customs union. "
The border area between Panama and the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica could receive a strong tourism boost if the plan to build a four lane bridge finally comes to fruition, a project which has been pending for ten years.
The Executive Unit would be the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), acting as an intermediary between the governments of Costa Rica and Panama, with jurisdiction over recruitment for the studies, design, construction and project supervision.
The Ministry of Public Works has announced that work on the specifications of the tender for the construction of two bridges in Anguiatú and La Hachadura, both border crossings with Guatemala.
The authorities plan for the tenders to be held in the course of this year, to start with the construction of bridges in 2016. This project aims to replace the existing crossings which connect with Guatemala in the western area.
The Nicaraguan government is preparing transportconcessions which will be granted from 2015 to cover the route that will connect Costa Rica once the Las Tablillas-San Pancho border post is finished.
It is expected that in the first three months of 2015 the results will be ready of a study that will determine the number of buses needed to meet the demand of passengers emerging with the opening of the route between San Pancho and Las Tablillas. With the results the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will be able to deliver the corresponding permits.
The border post to be opened by the government of Costa Rica in early 2015 in Las Tablillas will be used temporarily, until the permanent post has been built.
The border post is located in the north of Costa Rica, in an area near the bridge built by the Nicaraguan government in the San Juan area.
The Foreign Minister, Manuel González, told Ameliarueda.com that "... the work will be temporary while a definitive border post is being built... He explained that the construction permanent border post has suffered delays in implementation, because the land is owned by the City of Los Chiles and has not yet been transferred to the Government. "
It will connect the cities of La Hachadura and Pedro de Alvarado, an area where 60% of intraregional trade circulates.
From a press release by the Government of Panama:
The binational working table between El Salvador and Guatemala, responsible for Transport and Infrastructure matters, agreed to build a four-lane bridge at the border between Ciudad Pedro de Alvarado, Guatemala, and La Hachadura, El Salvador, with the aim of improving commercial traffic between the two countries.
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