A CIVIL ENGINEERING contract for the extension of Buenos Aires metro Line E was officially awarded to Benito Roggio on February 16, with the expectation that construction would start within 90 days. The US$346m deal was announced by Argentina’s President N?stor Kirchner in a ceremony attended by the head of the city government Jorge Telerman, Planning Minister Julio de Vido and Transport Secretary Ricardo Jaime. The project is to be funded from the government’s national programme for railway modernisation. Running Bol?var to Retiro, the 2?1?km extension will bring Line E to a total length of 11?6?km. Two intermediate stations will be built at Correo Central and Catalinas. Interchange with Line B will be provided at Correo Central, while Line E will connect at Retiro with Line C, suburban services on the Mitre, Belgrano Norte and San Mart?n lines and the city’s main bus station. H On February 15 Telerman and the city’s public works minister Juan Pablo Schiavi visited the construction work on a 2?9?km extension of Line A from Primera Junta to Nazca with four stations, which is expected to open later this year. n