Road agency gets go-ahead for 28-bridge projects

The Contraloría de la República has upheld the bidding process for 28 bridges for the northern zone and the Caribbean coast.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes and its Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that the total price tag for the jobs is about 4.6 trillion colons or about $9 million.

The road agency began the bidding process in May and the firms CODOCSA and Puente Prefa emerged as the winners. However other firms challenged the bidding process, and the Contraloría studied the complaints and found that the bidding process can continue.

The contract for these jobs, the next step, also have to be approved by the Contraloría, which should take about two months, the ministry said.

Seven bridges will be on Ruta 247 between Campo Cinco and Puerto Lindo in Pococí. Five bridges will be on Ruta 249 between Campo Cinco and La Suerte, also in Pococí. One bridge will be in Upala at Canalete-Colonia Puntarenas on Ruta 730. Two bridges will be on Ruta 138 between Colonia Puntareanas and the Upala canton line. And 13 bridges will be on Ruta 733 between Guatuso and Chimurria, according to the ministry.

The ministry now has nine bridges constructed with the bailey system. The ministry will recover that material when permanent bridges are built, it said.

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