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Defense ministry releases US$58.5mn for airport projects in 23 states (Brazil)
2009-11-12

Brazil's defense minister Nelson Jobim has signed a decree approving over 100mn reais (US$58.5mn) for the 2009 investment plan of federal airport aid program Profaa, news service Agência Estado reported.   The funding will be used for enlarging, resurfacing, improving and general constr...

 
Monorails are cheaper, quicker than subways - CMSP (Brazil)
2009-11-12

The construction of monorails is a good alternative for São Paulo as it requires less land expropriation than a subway, according to the city's metro company (CMSP) director of corporate affairs, Sérgio Brasil.   In addition, a subway is four times more expensive to implement th...

 
Binational project to improve safety in Cristo Redentor tunnel (Chile-Argentina)
2009-11-12

Chilean and Argentine authorities, in cooperation with non-profit transport systems firm ITS, have completed prefeasibility studies for a project to improve the Cristo Redentor tunnel, which connects Argentina to Chile, ITS Argentina director Daniel Russomanno said at a conference.   The proj...

 
Calderón opens US$269mn Monterrey-Saltillo highway (Mexico)
2009-11-11

Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Monday inaugurated the rehabilitated Monterrey-Saltillo highway in Nuevo León and Coahuila states, the presidential website reported.   The road was built by a consortium formed by local construction firm Coconal and Spanish companies Isolux ...

 
Environmental, budget issues delay US$5.3bn Rodoanel beltway stretches (Brazil)
2009-11-11

The construction of two stretches of São Paulo city's Rodoanel Mário Covas beltway, totaling 9bn reais (US$5.3bn), has been delayed due to environmental and budget concerns, according to a state port authority Codesp release.   State government originally expected to launch tend...

 
IN BRIEF Govt takes over civil aviation authority (Guatemala)
2009-11-11

Guatemala's government has taken control of the country's civil aviation authority (DGAC) for an indefinite period, the presidential website reported.   The intervention is aimed at speeding up the construction and expansion of airport infrastructure in the country, to avoid the "interna...

 
Emergency funding will be in the "millions" for Ida damage - foreign ministry (El Salvador)
2009-11-11

El Salvador is to receive millions of dollars in emergency funding to repair damage caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Ida which struck the country last week, an official from the country's foreign ministry told BNamericas.   "Various countries have made offers [of aid], and we are alr...

 
DER launches 2 consultancy tenders for rural road program (Brazil)
2009-11-10

São Paulo state roads department (DER) has launched two consultancy tenders to carry out studies and provide support for phase III of its rural road rehabilitation program Pró-Vicinais, according to an IDB release.   Phase III of the program is budgeted at US$300mn. The IDB loan...

 
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