The National Council of Concessions (CNC) approved on Thursday the expropriation plan 2018-2019 for the Expansion Project of Ruta 27, the San José – Caldera.

This year and next the CNC is budgeting ¢3.5 billion colones for the expansion of the Ruta 27, part of the ¢5 billion colones fo the road infrastructure plan the government is driving (no pun intended) to reactivate the economy

This Friday started the process with steps for the acquisition of the first 9 hectares that will be required for the improvement of the Santa Ana intersection, of the total of 79 hectares for the entire project.

“For this (Santa Ana purchase we have a budget of  ¢1.5 billion colones,” explained Paola Benavides Chaves, Technical Secretariat of CNC.

She added that these 9 hectares – located in an area of ​​high added value – have no buildings which will facilitate the procurement process, scheduled to conclude by the end of this year

For next year, in accordance with the plan approved this Thursday by the CNC, a second stage of the expropriation process will allow the purchase of approximately 28 hectareswill start on route 27,  budgeted at ¢2 billion coloens.

“With these lands it will be possible to face the stabilization works of the new and existing slopes… The remaining 42 hectares will be expropriated “according to the budgetary capacity,” said Benavides.

The resources for the Ruta 27 expansion are part of the ¢5 billion colones budgeted for 2019 by the CNC, which were announced on Thursday by the Minister of Transport and Public Works (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez Mata, part of the road infrastructure plan the government is driving (no pun intended) to reactivate the economy.

“These funds are resources from the 2019 national budget that were obtained by reducing sub-executions of other state institutions,” explained the MOPT Minister.

Méndez added that “we are still focused on works that will improve the flow of vehicles and reduce travel time (congestion).”