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Vice Ministers of Public Works of Costa Rica and Panama Guiselle Alfaro and Erich Velásquez held a meeting on Thursday to fine-tune details to start with the construction of the Binational Bridge over the Sixaola River, with an investment of 17.5 million dollars, said today an official source.
The design of the work has already been approved by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and will be validated in the coming weeks by both countries to start the construction phase.
Its construction was awarded to the Binational Consortium of Sixaola, formed by the companies Constructora Meco of Costa Rica and the Mexican companies Cal y Mayor Asociados and MEXPRESA, for 17.5 million dollars provided by the Mesoamerican Infrastructure Fund of the Mexican government and counterparts of both countries.
The meeting highlighted the important advances that have been made previously, such as 70% of completion in the dismantling of the railroad bridge and 30% of completion in the construction of a provisional bridge.
Heavy equipment and the staff that will carry out the work will be located on this provisional bridge, scheduled to become operational in mid-2019.
Costa Rican Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Guiselle Alfaro said that "the coordination prior to the beginning of the works has been consolidated with the participation of delegations from both countries".
"We have achieved important results such as the preparation of an operation procedure in the area where the work is carried out, a product that we have approved today," said Alfaro.
Panamanian Deputy Minister of Public Works Erich Velázquez said that the complexity of the construction process has required from both countries a close coordination involving more than 20 instances that participate in the daily operation and the provision of border services.
Velázquez highlighted that "the joint work has been materialized in a procedure in which all the institutions will have clear their role and the need to collaborate so that the work can be developed within the established deadlines".
The meeting of the delegations of Costa Rica and Panama took place in the framework of the meeting of the Binational Technical Execution Unit (UTEB) with the participation of representatives of distinctive institutions involved directly and indirectly in the work, according to an official source.