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Highway roundup: MOP summer works, ENA, Champerico, Panajachel roadworks (Panama)
Panama's public works ministry (MOP) has kicked off summer roadworks in 13 districts of capital Panama City, MOP said in a release.


Local firm Asfaltos Panameños, is carrying out the works and has begun repairs on La Siesta avenue in Tocumen district.


The US$22mn project involves repairs and paving on some 142km of roadways along with complementary works.


MOP has also begun road repairs in Panama province which will benefit La Chorrera, Capira Chame and San Carlos districts, as well as repairs on an 8km stretch of roadway from Caldera to Estrella de Los Valles in Chiriquí province.




Panama's new state-owned highway operator Empresa Nacional de Autopistas (ENA) has met for the first time to review plans to purchase the Corredor Norte and Corredor Sur access roads to Panama City.


The government is expected to take over the highways, which will cost some US$1.7bn in total, by May this year, MOP said in a release.


The Corredor Norte highway will be purchased from Mexican firm PYCSA for US$650mn and Corredor Sur from compatriot firm ICA for US$420mn.




Guatemala's highway department is scheduled to begin work to restore a road to Champerico city in Retalhuleu department on February 14, according to the communications ministry.


Repairs will be carried out on the 34km road to department capital Retalhuleu, according to governor Abner Daniel Lima.


Lima announced the repair project following a meeting with local mayors, who had threatened to block the highway until the government began repairs, the government said in a release.




Finally, Guatemala's national road maintenance fund Covial plans to complete work in mid-March on an 8km highway linking Sololá department's capital of the same name with Panajachel.


Work involves repairs to a retaining wall, expanding and repaving a stretch near the Catarata hill, and repairing weather damage, the government said in a release.

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