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Search Begins for Contractor to Work on £70m Brazil-Bolivia Cable-Stayed Bridge

The search has begun for a contractor to work on the design and construction of a bridge linking Brazil and Bolivia.

The Rio Mamoré International Bridge will connect Guajará-Mirim, Brazil, with Guayaramerin, Bolivia. Its estimated cost is R$429.5M (£70.6M).

The tender notice, published by the Brazilian Government, states that the successful contractor is expected to be announced on 28 December.

The 1.22km structure will be built on the Mamoré River. It will have a cable-stayed central span and access lanes on both sides.

The project also involves the construction of a border complex and another 3.7km of access lanes on the Brazilian side. Similar structures and infrastructure will be built on the Bolivian side.

Work is expected to take around three years and will create up to 4,300 direct and indirect jobs.

The project has been approved by the Brazil-Bolivia Binational Commission. Brazil’s National Department of Transport Infrastructure (DNIT) will be responsible for supervising its preparation and delivery.

The Brazilian government may adopt modifications presented by Bolivia during the project preparation phase and both parties must participate in the supervision of the work until completion.

On completion, the bridge will strengthen South American integration, offering a new route for the transport of cargo and passengers in the region, in addition to an export corridor for Brazilian production.

Brazil minister of transport Renan Filho said: “This is a construction that will facilitate the export of production from the north and central regions of Brazil to Bolivia, Peru, Chile and the entire world through the Pacific Ocean, which only highlights the importance of this bridge.”

Bolivia minister of public works, services and housing Edgar Montaño Rojas added: “Since the Treaty of Petrópolis [diplomatic agreement signed between Brazil and Bolivia in 1903], we have dreamed of greater integration with Brazil, like the one this bridge will provide us. We are very grateful to finally be able to move this project forward.”

Source : News Civil Engeneer