The deputy governor of Argentina's Chubut province, Mariano Arcioni, and national highway department (DNV) president, Osvaldo Mairal, both participated in the reception of bids for the Comodoro Rivadavia-Caleta Olivia highway project, which took place in Buenos Aires.

The highway project, located on the Ruta 3 highway, known as the busiest road in Patagonia, is the first road project being tendered in the country since President Mauricio Macri took office.

"It is a long-awaited work with all the history that it has. It is recognition of the nation for the whole province, as it is the first public tender carried out by the new government and the province chosen was Chubut," Arcioni was reported as saying on the province's official website.

"We see great interest from companies and in the number of bidders," noted Arcioni. "This project will use all local labor."

The works will be carried out on three sections of the road and involve an estimated investment of more than US$137mn.

More than 10 bids were made for each of the separate road sections.

The contract for the project had previously been canceled due to overbilling and long delays in execution. It was previously awarded in 2006 to Lázaro Báez, a prominent public works contractor during the administration of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. He has has since been arrested and is facing charges for money laundering and tax fraud.

The contract is expected to be awarded in the next few days.


Source: BNamericas