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“Eternal appeals” frustrate the start of works in two sections of the Interamericana Norte

For this month, the expansion work on the section of the Interamericana Norte highway between Limonal and Barranca (Puntarenas), should have been underway. At least that was the plan by the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transporters (MOPT). But the reality is another matter. In fact,...

Despite The Promise Of A Year Ago Traffic Congestion In The GAM Continues

It's been a year. Almost a year, on May 8, 2018, when Carlos Alvarado took office and promised to reduce congestion by attacking the "28 cuellos de botella" (bottlenecks) crippling the roads of Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). It was his first presidential executive directive. But...

Ruta 32 Expansion Continues Without Completing Even 1 Of 1,200 Possible Expropriations

18 months after having started the expansion of the Ruta 32 (San Jose - Limon), the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transporters (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation - is still looking to reduce the number of lands that the contractor will...

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...

Minister of Transport assures that his plans against Uber “are very solid”

The Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez Mata, assures that his plans against Uber "are very solid". The closeup shows the MOPT minister considering "uninstalling" Uber.

Are the traffic cameras coming back? This is the new plan to monitor drivers

The "eyes" on drivers many becoming back with an initiative presented by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - to bring back the cameras on roads. The 'new' cameras, however, would not only monitor speeding,...

In 3 Months, 47 Train Level Crossings Damage, 9 Destroyed

It's been three months since the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - transport ministry - began installing train level crossings in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) of San Jose. And it's been three months that drivers have had a new target to...

Optimistic Outlook For Costa Rica’s Public Works Projects

In Costa Rica, investments in the construction of highways, roads and bridges are forecast to grow in 2019 and 2020, by 47% and 10%, respectively. The 2019-2020 Macroeconomic Program of the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR), explains that by 2019, the acceleration in the...

“Recurso” (Appeal) Filed Against The RTV Roadside Inspections

Not totally unexpected, a citizen filed a 'recurso de amparo' (appeal) against the RTV and the Ministry of Transportation for the mobile inspection units that went into service last week, that perform, at the request of a traffic officer (Transito), a roadside vehicle inspection. The...

Just imagine for a second…

Rico's TICO BULL - On the social media, the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT), the folks who daily try to solve our traffic problems, but alas have their hands tied by drivers in Costa Rica who neither respect the rules of the...

Vehicular Restrictions of San Jose Suspended For The Holidays

The Ministry of Transport (MOPT) announced that there will be NO vehicular restrictions of San Jose for the holiday period. The vehicular restriction of San Jose in effect from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, excluding holidays, will be suspended on December 24, 26,...

Agreement to expand the Ruta 27 would be ready next year

2019 will be the year full of "road work" according to the Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez, who on Wednesday confirmed the beginning of the negotiation process for the expansion of the autopista José María Castro Madriz, better known as...

Taxi Drivers Want To Be Able To Operate With Older Cars

Taxi drivers have asked Rodolfo Méndez, the Minister of Transportation (MOPT), to increase the antiquity of their vehicles, from the current 15 years to 20. If the request is approved, official taxis (red taxis) in the country could operate with vehicles as old as 1998...

All Traveling In A Vehicle Must Identify Themselves If Asked By Police, Court Confirms

As reported Tuesday (October 9) afternoon by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), the Constitutional Court or Sala IV confirmed that all persons who in vehicles must identify themselves if asked by police. The Sala IV resolution 2018-016698 delivered on Friday, October 5,...

MOPT Says It Will Present Proposal For The Juan Pablo II Bridge. Will History Be Repeated?

Rico's TICO Bull - The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) on Thursday made "an emergency intervention" on the Juan Pablo II bridge in La Uruca, after one of the expansion joints broke off, due to the normal deterioration (and lack of maintenance)...

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...

Uber is illegal Says Government, but It will not shut it down

After 45 days the government said it needed to pronounce on the Uber issue, it has reiterated the position that Uber and other similar transport are illegal, but it will not disconnect the platform, recognizing the challenge imposed by technological advances to the Government. For...

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 Expects To Have Exclusive Bus Lanes In The Metropolitan Area By 2021

Exclusive lanes for buses and other infrastructure works, in order to expedite transportation in at least 10 sectors of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) are part of the goals set by the current administration, in the so-called 'sectorization process'. This was stated by the Deputy...

Weather Conditions Keep Ruta 32 Closed, Could Re-Open This Friday Morning

If you are planning travel to or from San Jose and Limon this Friday (Aug. 3) take note that the re-opening of the Ruta 32 will be decided by officials of the MOPT at 6:00 am. On Thursday afternoon the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y...

Residents Erect impromptu stop sign due to lack of action by authorities

When pleas fall on deaf ears, you take action. That is what the residents of Montes de Oca (San Pedro) did, erecting a makeshift stop sign at a very dangerous intersection. Residents say they were forced to take the drastic action in the face of...

Traffic Police Intensifies Actions Against UBER

The Government through the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation - intensified the operations against UBER drivers throughout the country. After the pressure measures taken by the taxi drivers the previous week where they completely blocked the...

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...

Ruta 39: The Nightmare With No End

Rico's TICO BULL -The Ruta 39, better known as the Circunvalación is one of the main traffic arteries of San Jose. It starts at La Uruca, moves south towards Pavas on the west, then through the Hatillos, Alajuelita and Desamparados, the moving north to...

Government Initiates Road Intervention Program To Reduce Congestion In The GAM

The government of Carlos Alvarado began on Thursday to intervene the first of the "28 bottlenecks" that hinder vehicular circulation in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). With the presence of the President and the newly appointed Minister of Public Works and Transport (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez...

Riteve Got More Expensive This Week

After more than a decade without a rate increase, the cost for a vehicle inspection at the Riteve went up this week to ¢13,405 colones, up from ¢12,160, for a vehicle under 3.5 tons. This is the third increase in a year. The first increase...

Controversy Over Expansion Of the San Jose-Limon Road

While the concessionaire, the Chinese company China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC),  in charge of the work announced that it plans to subcontract a Costa Rican construction company for part of the project, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes  (MOPT) - Ministry of Public...

Costa Rica Say No More Projects with UNOPS

The controversy generated by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) decision to prevent access to files on the road works for which it is responsible has led the government of Costa Rica to refrain from granting new projects in the future. Possibly as...

Costa Rica’s San Ramon Road Project Turns Into Marathon

Costa Rica’s long-running San Ramon road project is costing more than originally expected while taking longer to build than planned. The work on the 29.7 kilometer stretch between San Ramon and San Carlos was planned initially to cost US$185 million dollars, but has so far...

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...

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