No challenges to Paso Ancho bid means Circunvalación job can proceed

No firm has challenged the bidding process for the proposed overpass at another traffic circle on the Circunvalación, so the successful bidder can move ahead.

That was announced Wednesday by the Consejo National de Vialidad. The job for slightly more than $4.7 million goes to Constructora MECO S.A, a familiar firm in the road building area.

The Consejo has been working for years to eliminate the time consuming and accident-causing traffic circles.

This job will be at the Paso Ancho circle, which also is called the rotonda de la Guacamaya because the large auto supply firm with that name dominates the land to the south.

But there still are some hurdles. Sometime in August the construction company will begin design work, and the contract gives it six months to do that.

The actual work is expected to begin in February and take about 14 months. There will be the usual traffic delays, but once the project is competed, motorists on the four-lane Cicunvalación will be able to travel non-stop from the Hatillo traffic signals to Zapote, where there still is a traffic circle.

The money is coming from a loan by the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

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