Progress in Process to Resume Road Works

Although they have not finished liquidating the contracts with the Brazilian company Odebrecht, Guatemalan authorities say that the bids to conclude the works are going ahead.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The contracts that the Ministry of Communications intends to terminate early are those corresponding to the extension of 97 kilometers of the CA-2 West highway. To conclude these works, the institution is launching new tenders, for which there is time to participate up until February 23.

According to the Guatecompras website, this new purchase will be divided into 3 different processes. All of the tenders have changed their workflow records and show that the deadline to bid is February 23, 2018.

Regarding the liquidation of the contracts with the construction company Odebrecht, the Minister of Communications, Aldo García, told that " ... department authorities met last Monday with representatives from the Brazilian firm, and on Wednesday there will be a new meeting so they hope to have resolved the issue during the course of this week. "

See details of tenders for the renovation of the three sections of the road: (all in Spanish)

"Replacement of Highway CA-02, section: km 144 to km.178."

"Road Replacement CA-02, section: km 178 to km.198."

"Replacement of Highway CA-02, section: km 211 + 500 km.250 + 500".

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