(Corrects investment amount for the project)
SAO PAULO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Chinese construction companies China Communications Construction Company and a subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corp are expected to bid on a 5.3 billion reais ($1.42 billion) bridge in the northeastern state of Bahia, according to newspaper Valor.
The bridge, which has been discussed as a potential project for decades, would join the cities of Salvador and the island of Itaparica.
The companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment. ($1 = 3.7285 reais) (Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun)