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Bureaucracy Has No Limits in Costa Rica

Bureaucracy Has No Limits in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA – The order to start a major road project has been temporarily suspended because of “a change of offices and misplacement of a document” which delayed delivery of a piece of paper required in the contract. The project to expand the road from San Jose to San Ramon, essential for the development […]

Shaming The Bosses? Probably Not. Just In A Day’s Work.

Shaming The Bosses? Probably Not. Just In A Day’s Work.

From Telenoticias. Click here for the video. TICO BULL by Rico – This has certainly to be shameful for the bosses, a group of Transitos (traffic police officials) taking matters in their own hands, filling a pothole on a road to Puntarenas. The group of officials, working as if they were a MOPT (Ministry of […]

Ministry Of Transport Promises Fix To Get San Jose Traffic Moving

Ministry Of Transport Promises Fix To Get San Jose Traffic Moving

QCOSTARICA – Hate getting stuck in traffic? It’s unavoidable in the greater metropolitan area of San Jose. A study by the Directorate General of Traffic Engineering of the Ministry of Transport (MOPT), has identified 23 points “well known” for traffic congestion is greatest and is moving forward with a plan of public works to get […]

And Here’s …. Carlos!

And Here’s …. Carlos!

QCOSTARICA | Costa Rica has a new minister of Transport, Carlos Villalta, who takes over the job of fixing the country’s roads infrastructure and public works. And the infamous ‘puente platina‘ now in its eight year of repair. Villalta, an engineer by profession, takes over the ministro de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) portfolio from […]

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

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 to CONAVI in an effort to get some roadwork […]

Malasya To Be New Owner of Ruta 27 Concession in Costa Rica

Malasya To Be New Owner of Ruta 27 Concession in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) FCC and Bankvia have agreed to sell Globalvia, the concessionaire of Ruta 27 (San Jose – Caldera), to Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Malaysian government, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, for €420 millon euros. FCC and Spanish banking conglomerate Bankia are joint owners of the concession management firm, each with a 50% […]

Violent Protests in Paquera, Puntarenas

Violent Protests in Paquera, Puntarenas

(QCOSTARICA) Burning tires, throwing bottles and placing tree trunks and debris to block the road, a group of hostile protestors confronted riot police on Wednesday in Paquera de Puntarenas. Some 300 people completely blocked passage in the area of the La Gallada bridge, impeding transit to and from tourist beach communities such as Tambor, Montezuma […]

Ruta 32: New Folding Poles, Run Over and Stolen In First Three Days

Ruta 32: New Folding Poles, Run Over and Stolen In First Three Days

(QCOSTARICA) In less than a week, three days in fact, since the Ministry of Transport (Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes  – MOPT)  began installing the 2,000 folding posts on Ruta 32, authorities reported Thursday the theft of some and many others damaged or destroyed by vehicles hitting or running them over. THe director of […]

14,000 Drivers Licensing Appointments Available Starting Today

14,000 Drivers Licensing Appointments Available Starting Today

(QCOSTARICA) Relief awaits those poor folks who haven’t been able to get their driver’s license because of a full schedule, would be driver’s have had an extremely difficult time getting appointments since last year. As of today MOPT has opened 14,866 appointment slots in August to relieve the scarcity. Of those, 2.880 appointments are for […]

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

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 bridge in bad shape. Based on the MOPT statement, in the […]

La Sabana Intersection Changes Effective May 18

La Sabana Intersection Changes Effective May 18

QCOSTARICA – Just when you thought it would never happen again, drivers will soon be able to cross the La Sabana Sur intersection, in front of the McDonalds (or across from the Gimnasio Nacional). The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) announced it will, starting May 18, allow north/south traffic to cross traffic and […]

Have I Got A Deal For You …

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 have been following the story of the “platina” since it […]

Expansion of Road To Heredia To Start In July

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 the Pozuelo factory (in La Uruca) and the Jardines del […]

MOPT Shows Us How Some Prefer The Mad Dash Across Busy Streets Instead of An Overpass

MOPT Shows Us How Some Prefer The Mad Dash Across Busy Streets Instead of An Overpass

QCOSTARICA – The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte (Ministry of Public Works and Transport- MOPT) shared through social networks, some photographs showing how “some people insist on risking their life and that of drivers so as not to walk a little further, using a pedestration overpass; dodging vehicles instead. ” The photographs were taken […]

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

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 close to the US$15 million dollars that, according to the […]

MOPT Re-Opens Circunvalalción Only For Today

MOPT Re-Opens Circunvalalción Only For Today

To alleviate the tremendous traffic congestion caused by today’s protests, the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) to decided to open two of the four Bailey bridges on the Circunvalalción, to vehicular traffic. The opening was temporary and a last minute decision. Starting at 7:30am this, all workers and machinery were cleared of the […]

The “Politics” Of The Circunvalación

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 engineers suggest that a bridge is the way to go […]