MOPT Estimates That Each Kilometer In The Border Road Would Cost Around 260 Million Colones

Border road

Reconstructing a kilometer in the border road, building drainage, bridges, etc, would cost around 260 million colones.

That was estimated yesterday by the minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, Pedro Castro.

If the accounts meet, the 160 kilometers of border road would represent 41.6000 millions to the country, additional to the 20.000 millions that were already invested.

The data transcends meanwhile in the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) they rush the adjudication of the design of the first part of the road, between Los Chiles and the end of the San Carlos River, both in Alajuela.

In the design the curve measurements must be included, the drainage characteristics, bridges, and just for this part of the road an eventual design of the pavement.
According to Castro, what we pretend is to know how much this would in asphalt, even though the entire project is expected to be in ballast/dirt.

“We don’t pretend that the project is finished in pavement, only one layer of ballast, eventually this first section could be considered… but we don’t have the resources to apply the pavement”, expressed Castro.

The head of the MOPT recognized that this first section could have ended up awarded since past Monday, but a technical doubt from the legal department of Conavi, returned the paper-works to the hiring management.

Castro couldn’t pin down which was the subject that generated the doubts, but he hopes that it’s settled by today or tomorrow.

He doesn’t discard awarding this first section tomorrow or asking for an extraordinary session from Conavi next Friday.

In the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes they preferred not to give details from the project because they have in mind announcing this Friday or Monday from the next week, in company of the president, Laura Chinchilla.

At Conavi they have a budget that ranges from 400 to 450 millions, to outline the section Los Chiles-boca el río San Carlos.

This would only be the first one of the 5 sections in which the road was divided, the other four weren’t specified at all, but they go from boca Del río San Carlos to Delta, in Sarapiquí, Heredia.

The aspiration from this government is to finish the 5 sections of the road, said Castro, who didn’t specify the percentage of estimated progress.

To avoid the critics prior to the project, the government will put the designs into consultants from the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos, and to the Laboratorio Nacional de Materiales y Modelos Estructurales of UCR (Lanamme), and they want to hire a supervisor for the entire job.

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