Panama: Objections to Asphalt Stipulated in Tender

The union of engineers has asked for the suspension of the tender to renovate a section of the Panamerican highway because the tender conditions demand a new asphalt mix that is not used in the country.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

From a statement issued by the Panamanian Society of Engineers and Architects (SPIA):

The National Government through the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) has convened tender Nó 2015-0-09-0-05-LV-003 626, Nu 2015-0-09-0-05-LV-G03627, N ° 2015-0-O9-O-O5-LV-O03628, No. 2015-0-09-0-05-LV-003 629, for the Design and Renovation of the CP road. A, - Santa Fe - Yavlza, Aguas Frias - Santa Fe, Santa Fe - Metetí, Metetí - Canglón, Canglón -Yaviza in the province of Darien.

1. The Pan American Highway, from the border with Costa Rica to its end point with the province of Panama, has been constructed using Portland cement concrete, and in certain sectors has been replaced with asphalt in order to improve the road surface. Road sections towards Darien were built with asphalt and due to the lack of good stone aggregates, the constant rains, abuse from transport of heavy loads, coupled with the lack of proper maintenance, there was the collapse of the road.

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