A total of five consortiums submitted technical offers for the concession of the first section of Colombia's Transversal de las Americas highway, an official from the country's concessions institute Inco told BNamericas, confirming local press reports.
The first two bidding consortiums have the same name, and are: Vias de las Americas, formed by Grupo Odinsa, Construcciones el Condor and Valorcon; and Via de las Americas, comprised of OHL Colombia, Latinoamericana de Construcciones and HB Estructuras Metalicas.
The other three consortiums are: PSF Metrovias de las Americas, comprised of the firms Cass Constuctores & Cia, Sonacol, and Luis Hector Solarte; Consorcio Transversal Americas, comprised of Controladora de Operaciones de Infraestructura, Conoisa, Ingenieros Civiles Asociados, ICA, and Concesiones y Construcciones Concisa; and Zona Vial Bicentenario, comprised of Pavimentos Colombia, Conalvias, Infracon, Hidalgo e Hidalgo Colombia, Sofan Ingenieria and Dumar Ingenieros.
Inco will award the contract in July, the official added.
The contract involves the design, construction rehabilitation, expansion, improvement, maintenance and operation of the highway network, also known as Corredor Vial del Caribe. The concessionaire will recoup its investment through tolls and state funds.
The project's official budget is 1.7tn pesos (US$883mn).
The awardee will perform maintenance work on about 447km of road, and expand a 65km stretch connecting towns Turbo and El Tigre, converting it into a four-lane highway. The project also involves building 113km of new highways, as well as bridges.
The network will connect towns along the Caribbean coast to the rest of the country through links with future concessioned highways such as the Montaña and Ruta del Sol highways.