Panama: Tender for Road Widening for $850 million

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.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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

The MOP official said that within the ministry's plans is the completion of the tender for the expansion to four lanes of the Inter American highway, payments for which, because it is a turnkey project, would be made in the next administration. The sections to be awarded are: Pita-David, San Felix-San Juan, San Juan-La Pita, Vigui-San Felix and Santiago-Vigui.

According to the the former Minister of the MOP, Jose Antonio Dominguez, the cost of the work is excessive because only two lanes will be built and the others will be only be renovated, therefore the price should not be more than $500 million.

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As outlined in an article in, "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. "