Paraguay's Caaguazú department governor Antonio Buzarquis expects paving work on the second stretch of the 64km Caaguazú-Yhú-Vaquería highway to be completed in 1H13.
The public works and communications ministry (MOPC) awarded a tender for the project to local firm Cotafel last year. However, minister Cecilio Pérez cancelled the US$15mn contract in September this year due to the firm's failure to complete work, according to a ministry release.
A tender was then relaunched and awarded this month to a consortium comprised of firms Tecnoedil, Benito Roggio e Hijos, CDD Construcciones, Talavera Ortellado Construcciones, Concret Mix, Ingeniería de Topografía y Caminos, Construpar and Constructora Heisecke, the presidential website reported.
The consortium has begun work to pave the 32km stretch.
Financed by IDB, the initiative falls under the government's plan to pave, repair and maintain the country's main road network.
The project will improve access between the districts of Vaquería, Yhú and Caaguazú, located approximately 180km from capital Asunción.