Bid let for pavement work on Interamericana Norte job

The nation’s highway agency said Tuesday that a bid has been let for the construction of concrete pavement as part of the rebuilding of the Cañas to Liberia stretch on the Interamericana Norte.

Carlos Acosta, executive director of the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that the job had been won by Consorcio FCC- Interamericana Norte. Some 11 firms competed.

The winner is primarily a Spanish firm.
Much of the cost will be financed by a loan from the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. Acceptance of that loan is pending in the legislature.

The bid award is for 48.2 billion colons or about $24.6 million. The companies bid for both concrete and asphalt pavement. The concrete is supposed to last 20 years. The 50.6 kilometer stretch also will have 19 bridges. The section is a bit more than 33 miles.

The Consejo board envisions a four-lane highway with overpasses and bike and pedestrian walkways.

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