The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes has issued a contract for the first of two projects that will complete the highway loop around the metro area.
The job has been awarded to a Costa Rican-Dominican consortium called La Estrella-Hernán Solís for $141.16 million. The consortium will design 5.4 kilometers from the La Uruca intersection to Ruta 32 and also build a second stretch from Ruta 32 to Calle Blancos and the current eastern end of the highway.
Two other firms, one from China and one from Mexico, submitted bids, said the ministry.
The construction phase will take 18 months, and the design job is expected to take six months, the ministry said.
When completed, both sections will close the circle around the metro area.
The Circunvalación now is a four- and sometimes six-lane highway from San Pedro in the east along the south side of the metro area to La Uruca. This is the same route that has been partly closed due to a washout near Hatillo. The highway is back to four lanes at that point as of Wednesday morning.
The contract has to be approved by the Contraloría General de la República.