An important road widening project is to go ahead in Costa Rica, part of a wider plan to upgrade the important Highway 1 route between Canas and Barranca. This contract will see the improvement of the 25km road connecting San Gerardo de Chomes and Barrancas, with work due to start in early 2019. The project is costing US$103.4 million and the package of works was awarded to the Chinese contractor, Power Construction Corporation of China. The contract is one of three to upgrade the 70km stretch of the important Interamericana Norte highway between Canas and Barranca. A consortium, Azvi-Orosi, is handling the $90 million project for thee section connecting Canas with Limonal. However the contract for the stretch of the route between Limonal and San Gerardo has not so far been awarded.