Route to Limón Would Be Ready in March 2021

Due to delays caused by situations beyond the control of China Engineering Company, the Costa Rican authorities agreed to postpone by 174 days the delivery of the work to expand Route 32.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Initially the China Engineering Company (CHEC), asked the National Road Council (Conavi) for an extension of 400 days to deliver the extension of 107 kilometers, which connects the crossing to Rio Frio with the center of Limon, however, the authorities only agreed to delay for 174 days, therefore, the work would be delivered no later than March 2021.

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CHEC argued that they asked for the extension, after the work was delayed due to situations beyond their control, such as the expropriation process.

Mario Rodriguez, director of Covial, told Nacion.com that "... with the acceptance of the deadline, the company was required to present, at the latest next week, a plan detailing the actions to guarantee that within two months the first 20 kilometers of this road will be delivered."

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Rodriguez added that "... Even in the last meeting they promised that they would give priority to achieving that (the first kilometers); we are waiting for them to fulfill what they offered. In the next meeting they must show us how they are going to achieve what they are promising us, we hope to see in that meeting that strategy to increase production in the area."

The initial deadline for delivery of the work that barely reports 15% of the progress, was October 2020.

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Due to the health alert facing Costa Rica, the China Harbor Engineering Company decided to lay off 180 employees working on the Route 32 expansion project, which has already fallen behind on previous occasions.

In December 2019, it was reported that the Asian construction company asked the National Road Council (Conavi) for a 400-day extension to deliver the 107-kilometer extension, which connects the Rio Frio intersection with downtown Limon. However, authorities only agreed to delay it by 174 days, so the work would be delivered no later than March 2021.

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Costa Rica: Deadline to Sign $395 million Chinese Loan Extended

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China Harbour Engineering Company has accepted a request by the Solis administration to extend the signing a loan to be used for the extension of the road going from San José to the Caribbean.

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Alternative to $465 million Road Contract with China

March 2014

Five Costa Rican construction companies have submitted a joint proposal to take over the expansion to four lanes of 107 miles of kilometers to the Caribbean.

The companies, Codocsa, Desarrollos Mega, Pedregal, Productos de Concreto and Traesa submitted a joint proposal for the expansion to four lanes of the Rio Frio to Limón stretch on Route 32.

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