Million-dollar Road Project Nears Completion

In Costa Rica, authorities announced that work to widen a 46-kilometer stretch connecting the bridge over the Virilla River to the Sucio River, valued at $643 million and to be paid for with tolls over 30 years, is close to being approved.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The proposal to widen the road section was presented months ago to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) by the business consortium composed by H. Solís-TPF Ingeniería.

According to the latest information released by the authorities, the State is very close to giving the project the go-ahead and with this the proponents will be able to start the project's feasibility studies.

See "Road Infrastructure: Projects for $3.3 Billion"

Jose Manual Saenz, told that they have had "... a little bit of trouble tuning in to the Ministry of the Environment and the System of Conservation Areas, especially because of the issue of Braulio Carrillo National Park. We are working well, even with Setena, on how we could handle it, and I think that very soon, once we overcome that obstacle, we could be able to make progress."

Saenz added that "... one of the alternatives they are working on, to speed up the procedure, is to divide the project into two sections. The first would extend from the Virilla bridge to the toll booth and the second from the toll booth to the Sucio river in the mountainous area. In this way, while advancing the options to intervene as little as possible in the protected area of Braulio Carrillo National Park, one could begin with the first section."

If the concession model for the project is accepted, the government would open a tender to hire a concessionaire to develop the work and collect the toll to recover the investment. Although the consortium that prepared the proposal could participate, there is no guarantee that it will be awarded the contract.

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