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Roundup: IDB highway consultancies (Costa Rica)
Costa Rica's transport and communications ministry (MOPT) and national roads council Conavi have tendered four highway consultancies, which will be financed by a US$300mn IDB loan.


The consultancy includes completing feasibility studies and designs for the Circunvalacion Norte highway; repaving work on the Paraíso-Turrialba highway stretch; as well as an underpass on highway Ruta 39 and three traffic circles.


A fourth project involves completing designs for the 9.7km Autopista Bernardo Soto-Sifón de San Ramón stretch of the San Carlos highway, which includes construction of a bridge. The winning firm will also be responsible for the technical specifications for the construction tender.


The deadline for expressions interest in all four projects is January 31, according to IDB project documents.




Honduras' public works, transport and housing ministry (Soptravi) has tendered the supervision of a project to expand the Pimienta Norte-Villanueva stretch of the CA-5 Norte highway.


The project involves expanding the 2.64km stretch from two to four lanes, paving and complementary works, and is expected to take eight months to complete.


Bids for the consultancy, which is being financed by an IDB loan, are due February 7, according to IDB project documents.





IDB is also financing supervision contracts for two projects being carried out under Guyana's transport infrastructure rehabilitation program.


The first project includes construction of detour roads and bridges, signage, excavations and drainage works between Timehri and Rosignol according to an IDB project document. Construction is expected to take 16 months to complete.


The East Bank Demerara project involves widening the roadway from two to four lanes, expanding bridges, building medians, bicycle and parking lanes, sidewalks and complementary works.


The consultancy will last approximately two years and includes supervision construction, as well as technical and environmental supervision.


IDB has set a February 8 deadline to present expressions of interest for both tenders.

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