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MOPT tests in Monteverde new model in road building

With more than a decade under its belt to get this important road - the road to Monteverde - to one of the country's more important tourist destination, the government of Carlos Alvarado hopes to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the halls of...

The Drive To Monteverde

Last month, on February 8 (2019) to be precise, I had the occasion to drive to Monteverde. I hadn't done the trip in almost a year to the day and didn't really know what to expect. Maybe the road was finished. Highly unlikely, but one...

Costa Rica has the second worst roads in the region

Costa Rica's are ranked second in Latin America in terms of connectivity and second to last in quality. That is the revelation by an account prepared by Deloitte, based on the results of the Global Competitiveness Index (GPI) of the World Economic Forum that measures...

Escazu Roadwork To Cause Added Congestion This Coming Week

Do you travel frequently on the main road to Escazú? Well, it is best to arm yourself with patience during the coming week. In addition to the traditional congestion provoked by the holiday shopping season, users of Route 105 will deal with the demarcation...

One Fixed, One To Go. A “Platina” Once Again Plays Havoc On The Country’s Main Road.

Costa Rica has a new "platina" bridge, not far from the original platina (bridge over the Virilla river, the Pablo II bridge in La Uruca, on the Autopista General Cañas, the most transited road in the country. The detachment of an expansion joint (platina) in...

Quality of Materials Delay Asphalt Of Road To Monteverde

The road construction to Monteverde, between Guacimal and Santa Elena, has suffered another setback, the asphalting will no longer be ready in September as promised by the previous administration. The fear of the residents is that they will not have the road by Christmas as...

MOPT Froze For Two Years Expansion Plan For The Road To Caldera

During the last two years, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) shelved the recommendations that a group of experts made for the expansion plan of the road to Caldera - the Ruata 27 -which would allow the decongestion of this important 77...

Road to San Carlos Could Be Ready By The End of 2020 … Maybe

"If you ask me, with the greatest frankness in the world, this road could be in a hypothetical and theoretical scenario - totally - maybe by the end of 2020. There is too much to do to leave this highway as God intended," of...

INS Willing To Invest US$500 Million to Build Roads

The Costa Rica state insurer, the Instituto Costarricense de Seguros (INS), says it could be willing to invest up to US$500 million in road construction projects that already have their pre-design and studies ready. The INS said they would only be interested in projects designated...

Costa Rica Only Maintains Its Roads, And Does Not Improve Them

Although 85% of the national roads are in an "acceptable" state, the fact is that the government only uses patches to maintain them, while not investing to improve the 5,000 kilometers of roads. In parallel, the Conavi (national roads council) spent last year ¢14 billion...

Entrepreneurs Offer To Pay Fix To Ruta 27

A group of businessmen have offered the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) to pay for the construction of an underpass near Hospital Cima, in Escazú. The work, estimated at US$4 million, would allow flow of access through an underpass at the east end...

“Platina” Closed This Weekend

Q COSTA RICA - Take note that the "platina" bridge will be closed from 3:00pm Saturday to 5:00am Monday, to repair a sinking in the access to the bridge, which according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) was foreseen. The sinking is...

Radial de Lindora Road Expansion Gets Green Light

Q COSTA RICA - The Radial de Lindora (ruta 147), the road between the Ruta 27 and the Virilla river, by far one of the worst in terms of traffic congestion may soon pass from a two lane road to five. The two lane road...

In Guacanaste, The NEW Cañas-Liberia Road Floods With Heavy Rains

by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste.com - Three months after the Cañas-Liberia highway began to be used, some sections are flooding due to clogging of drainage along the roadway. The situation affects Bagaces, Cañas and Liberia, whose mayors blame the National Highway Council (CONAVI- Consejo Nacional...

40 Development Projects Stalled, Waiting Access Permits

QCOSTARICA - Gas stations, condominiums, shopping centres, banks, business parks, convention centres and supermarkets are among the 40 projects waiting, waiting for the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) to approve access permits. The projects are all located on one of the 12 national roads regulated...

New Name, Same Bureaucracy. MOPT Continues With Deficeincies in Roads Instrastructur

(qCOSTARICA) - INI, meeny, miney, moe ... The new National Infrastructure Institute (Instituto Nacional de Infraestructura - INI) is to replace the worthless CONAVI agency according to a law under discussion in the Legislative Assembly. However, it seems that the same bureaucrats who transferred from...

MOPT Says Bridge Over Chirripo River Is OK, Contradicting Last Year’s “Almost Falling”

(QCOSTARICA) - The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes  - MOPT) , said this week the bridge over the Chirripo river on the Ruta 32 is sound, totally contradicting the statement of last year, when it said the...

MOPT Promises To Cure “Platina” Headache

(QCOSTARICA) Just another promise or are they serious about it this time around? The Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) promises to take cure the headache of drivers known as the "Platina" before the end of this administration, that is in 2018. The Platina...

Have I Got A Deal For You …

TICO BULL - As of yesterday, Thursday, the metal slab "The Platina (La Platina, in Spanish) will not require any additional interventions until the bridge is replaced" was the word from the manager of Conservación, Cristian Vargas, at the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (CONAVI). I...

Expansion of Road To Heredia To Start In July

QCOSTARICA - The daily traffic nightmare between La Uruca and Heredia, particularly in the area of the Virilla river bridge, could come by the end of next year, with a road expansion. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) said on Thursday that the expansion between...

Cost of “Platina” Bridge Fixes Almost The Same value Of New Bridge

QCOSTARICA - The National Highway Council (Consejo Nacional de Vialidad - CONAVI) has, since 2008, invested more than US$13.1 million dollars in a number of repair works to the bridge over Virilla river, known as the "Platina", on the autopista Genaral Cañas. That amount is...

Permanent Solution To Collapsed Interamericana Sur To Cost ¢1 Billion

QCOSTARICA - The ultimate solution to the collapsed portion of the Interamericana Sur (Ruta 2) is expected to cost ¢1 billion colones, according to calculations by the National Roads Authority (Consejo Nacional de Vialidad - CONAVI). CONAVI director, Mauricio Salom, admitted Friday that the repair...

The “Politics” Of The Circunvalación

The high command of the Ministry of Public Works (MOPT) and the highway agency CONAVI have decided to  ignore the advice of their own expert engineers and two outside bodies that merely replacing the culverts under the road is inadequate, reported La Nacion Friday. The...

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