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Second 5.23 km-long x 95 sq m parallel tube in design for Central Pyrenees N230 highway from Toulouse to Lerida. 13.75 m-wide x 8.2 m-high, for three-lane traffic, with pedestrian connections to existing tunnel every 400 m. Drill/blast in Paleozoic rocks, granite, slate, quartzite and sandstone, with rockbolts, mesh and shotcrete support. Value $130 million. Tenders expected 2001 for completion 2005. Visit www.idom.es 04/01. Open invitation to tender, deadline 14th September, 2001, for construction of 5 km-long road tunnel for Ministerio de Fomento, Madrid. Visit www.boe.es 36/01. Invitations to tender expected for three-year construction of $120 million, 9.5 km-long motorway section including four twin-tube tunnels of lengths 163 m, 394 m, 258 m, and 1.2 km. Visit www.boe.es 38/01. Tenders invited for consulting and assistance for the dualling of the 5.2 km Viella tunnel in Lérida. Value of €4 million. Deadline 1st February, 2002. Visit http://ted.eur-op.eu.int, document S 246-169590. 01/02. Award to a jv of OHL, Comsa, and Copcisa of the dualling of the Vielha tunnel in Lleida for €128 million. Bored length totals 5,059 metres, 106.25 sq m cross section. Also a 165 cut-and-cover portion, 5 m-high x 13.41 m-wide. Drill/blast method. Support with shotcrete, mesh, rockbolts and steel arches. The project also includes 120 m-long cross passages to the existing tube every 400 metres, a service tunnel, refuges, safety niches, restructuring the accesses, installing equipment within the tunnel, ventilation facilities at each portal, as well as a management and operation building at the north portal. Time frame of 39 months with start in September, 2002 and completion in March, 2005. Doubling the tunnel is urgent since safety in the existing tube, also known as Alfonso XIII, scored 'very bad' in a survey published in April, 2000 by the international tourism alliance and the international motoring federation. Visit www.ohl.es 05/02.Sener have been awarded a €3.6 million contract for work supervision of the 5 km Vielha tunnel. Visit www.sener.es. 31/02.Open call for tenders, deadline 14th September, 2007 for draft design for conversion to motorway of the Vielha tunnel-French border section of road N-230 in Aran Valley. The west alternative includes seven tunnels totalling nine kilometres, the longest of which would be five kilometres in length. More details in E-News Weekly 51/2003 & 5/2002. Visit http://ted.europa.eu/udl?request=Seek-Deliver&language=en&docid=142852-2007, OJ S 116, or contact Ministry of Development, Madrid, fax +34 915978536 or 915978470. E-mail randujar@fomento.es or cpublic@fomento.es 29/07.Indra pocketed a EUR4.6 million contract to supply and install safety and control systems in the Juan Carlos I tunnel in Viella in Lerida province. The new tunnel, located on the Vilaller-Viella section of trunk road N-230, will be equipped with the most modern safety and control systems, including signage, video monitoring, video detection, telephone and videoconference, IP communication network, fire detection, radio communication, SOS stations and ventilation and lighting control. Indra will also supply the systems for the control centre, both for the new and old tunnels. With three lanes, one of which will be reversible, the new tunnel will solve safety problems in the existing tunnel, which is bidirectional and carries two very narrow lanes. The two parallel tunnels will be cross-connected by 12 escape galleries. Click here and here. Visit www.indra.es 36/07.Open invitation to tender, deadline 03.03.2009, for 16 month contract to equip new 5,230 m-long Vielha Juan Carlos I tunnel on N-230 highway in Lleida province, value EUR16,352,192. Specs and docs from Ministerio de Fomento, Madrid, e-mail cpublic@fomento.es, fax +34 915978470. Visit http://ted.europa.eu/udl?request=Seek-Deliver&language=en&docid=000803-2009. 02/09.