While many agree that the government's initiatives to boost infrastructure are positive steps, experts warn that the country still has to improve mechanisms to be more attractive to investors.
The US$72mn project entails the construction of a 30,700m2 structure with capacity for 1,046 inmates.
Consortium comprised of Portuguese, Italian, and Colombian firms will determine the initiative's business model and its location.
The concession rights is held by construction company Queiroz Galvão, who are currently working on widening the road, and building tunnels and bridges through the mountains.
The concessionaire owned by Triunfo and UTC, missed payments for Viracopos, and later returned the concession.
Federal police raided the offices of infrastructure company Triunfo's subsidiary Concepa, which was in charge of works on BR-290/RS.
Works on the expansion project have reportedly passed the 60% mark.