Contract signed for widening of the Interamericana norte

The government signed an agreement with Consorcio FCC Tuesday for widening of the Interamericana Norte. The consortium represents 11 different construction firms. The Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo provided a $300 million loan from which the central government will take the money to pay for the work.

The 50.6-kilometer stretch is between Cañas and Liberia. Officials are touting the benefits of the four-lane project for
the economy and for tourism. The distance is about 32 miles.

The scope of the project had been announced earlier when bids were sought. The job includes 18 new bridges and 16 rebuilt bridges as well as overpasses, as well as making the two-lane highway four lanes.

The project is considered part of the Corredor Mesoamericano that links México with Panamá.

Work is expected to start within a week.

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