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Mendoza authorities open bids for 3 highway projects

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, March 05, 2009
Argentine Mendoza province authorities had a busy week opening bids for three road projects designed to improve national and regional connectivity and competitiveness. PEHUENCHE PASS Bids to carry out works on the 22km stretch between Bardas Blancas-Hito Pehuenche were opened this week. The project will complete improvements on the road stretch leading to the Pehuenche international pass which connects city Malargüe, in southwest Mendoza, to Chile's region VII. Three companies presented offers: José Cartellone Construcciones; José J Chediack; and Vialco. Proposals ranged from 27mn-32mn pesos (US$7.47mn-8.86mn). The official budget set for works was 27.3mn pesos with a deadline of 24 months. The awardee will prepare studies, design the final project, and carry out construction and paving works. In addition, the firm is responsible for access roads, intersections, a bypass in the Loicas locality and signaling, among other complementary works. The Pehuenche pass is part of an international corridor connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and is often considered as the best alternative to the Los Libertadores international pass connecting Chile's central region V and Mendoza. The latter pass closes an average of 45 days a year due to heavy snowfall, resulting in losses of US$6.4mn/d, according to Chile's public works ministry ( MOP). Last October, Argentine and Chilean authorities signed an agreement to invest more than US$43.5mn over two years to improve road conditions on 13 of the 60 border passes between the two countries. RUTA 40 Bids were also opened for first-stage works on two stretches of national highway Ruta 40, which runs from the north to the south of the country. The first stretch is in Barrancas, in Malargüe, and the official budget is 76.6mn pesos. Works include building the road and drainage infrastructure, carrying out maintenance works and installing a bridge. The second project consists of works on the intersection with provincial highway Ruta 181. With an official budget of 88.1mn, the awardee will carry out the basic construction and drainage works, as well as build and/or carry out maintenance works on around six bridges. Proposals for both projects were received from OPS; Contreras Hermanos; Supercemento; JCR; the consortium Vialco-Petersen Thiele y Cruz; Coarco; GREEN; Constructora San José; and Corsan Corviam Construcción.

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