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Govt requests World Bank support for US$129mn transport improvement program (Bolivia)

The government of Bolivia is requesting a US$100mn loan from the World Bank for a US$129mn program to improve the country's roads and airports as part of its national development plan.

Work will be focused on improving the San Buenaventura-Ixiamas national road in La Paz department and Rurrenabaque airport in Beni department, according to World Bank project documents.

The US$118mn San Buenaventura-Ixiamas plan includes paving works, repairing existing drainage and other road protection structures, and building approximately 21 bridges on the 114km stretch.

The improved route will connect capital city La Paz with cities Cobija and Trinidad, the capitals of departments Pando and Beni, as well as with cities such as Rurrenabaque, Reyes, Santa Rosa, Yata, Puerto Cabinas, and Riberalta.

Civil works will be tendered in two lots for improvement of the San Buenaventura-Ixiamas road and a supervision consultancy will also be awarded.

The US$6mn Rurrenabaque airport improvement plan includes building a new taxiway, apron, control tower, operations building, an access road, and a passenger terminal, as well as acquiring and installing aviation control, rescue and firefighting equipment.

The World Bank will also provide US$5mn to strengthen national roads administrator ABC and national airports administrator Aasana.


The bank's board is due to render a decision on the loan request by May 5.

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