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Fomilenio to award last stretch of Longitudinal del Norte by end-Sep (El Salvador)
Fomilenio, the El Salvadorian chapter of the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), expects to award the tender to build the last stretch of the Longitudinal del Norte highway by end-September, a Fomilenio official told BNamericas.


"We expect works to begin in October," the official said.


Six firms participated in the tender to design and build stretch 3B, a 21.3km section that will connect Chalatenango bypass to the bridge over the Lempa river.


The lowest offer of US$20.1mn was submitted by a consortium comprised of local firms Cortein-Cortazar y Gutierrez-La Herrera. Costa Rican-based firm Constructora Santa Fe de Centroamerica made the highest offer of US$31.5mn. The other participating firms were: Mexican company Equipos de Construccion (US$20.5mn), the Central American branch of Spain's FCC Construccion (US$23.8mn), Costa Rican construction firm Meco (US$24.9mn) and the local unit of Italy's Astaldi (US$30.0mn).


A Fomilenio evaluating committee will now study the offers to award the tender by end-September.


The Longitudinal del Norte is a 178km highway that connects northern El Salvador with the rest of the country. The total project has an estimated cost of US$234mn.


MCC, a US government agency that provides aid to developing countries, approved a US$461mn donation to El Salvador in June 2006 to reduce poverty in the northern part of the country. The highway is being funded by part of that donation.

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