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Small Plane Dives Into Virilla River Canyon

Pilot: - This is an emergency. It's falling. It's falling Air controller: - Where are you? Pilot: It's falling. I'm here, next to Torres de Valencia, it's falling. Controller: -What happened to you? Pilot: -I fell. Controller: - Control speed (...) Tower will coordinate the emergency. That was the last...

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...

Platina II: The Sequel

Change location. Change the actors. The Platina II is the sequel to the story of the plate (platina) of the Virilla river bridge that was the headache of drivers for almost nine years. The sequel is the story of the overpass bridge of the Paso...

The Six Lane “Platina” Bridge Now Open!

Q COSTA RICA - It was 12:17 pm Wednesday. On the phone with his boss, President Luis Guillermo Solis, the Minister of Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT), Carlos Villalta, got the green light to officially open the Alfredo González Flores, better known as the...

A National Holiday Should Be Declared

Rico's TICO BULL - I was in Pricesmart yesterday (Wednesday). On the big tv screens was the noon news of the opening of the 'Platina' bridge, an event that we've all been waiting for a long time. A lady, a Tica in her late forties,...

Monday, Could It Be The Day Of The ‘Platina’???

Monday (May 22) could be the day when the Alfredo González Flores, best known as the 'Platina' bridge will be finished, ending the nightmare that plagues almost 100,000 drivers daily that use the autopista General Cañas. Monday or some other day next week is the...

“Platina” Bridge Closed This Weekend

The Alfredo González Flores bridge, best known as the "Platina", on the autopista General Cañas, will be closed this weekend starting at 10:00pm Friday (May 12). The bridge will re-open to traffic at 5:00am Monday (May 15) morning. The Ministry of Transport (MOPT) says the...

“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...

Who Didn’t See This Coming?The Platina Bridge Will NOT Be Ready End Of April!

Q COSTA RICA - Surprise, surprise, the "Platina" bridge continues to be a thorn on the side of drivers and just another in the growing list of public works the governments of Costa Rica cannot deliver on time, if at all. A few weeks ago,...

It’s Open, The South Half of the ‘Platina’!

Q COSTA RICA - As promised last week, the three lanes of the south half of the 'platina' bridge - officially known as the "Alfredo González Flores" - opened to traffic this morning. With television news cameras grabbing the action, President Luis Guillermo Solis...

The End To San Jose’s Traffic Nightmare Is Near

Q COSTA RICA - For sure traffic congestion around the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) will get a break with the opening of  the new San Jose bound lanes of the 'platina' bridge. The Ministro de Obras Públicas y Transporte (MOPT), Carlos Villalta, announced Wednesday morning,...

The ‘Platina’ In The Final Stretch

Q COSTA RICA - The headache called "la platina" that began in April 2009 and turned to a complete nightmare a few months ago, leaving drivers to endure temporary closures, regulated passage and endless congestion on the autopista General Cañas, and the alternate roads,...

The Alternative Fact” Of The ‘Platina’

This is what the bridge will look like, if it ever gets finished.TICO BULL by Rico – It’s been a while since I have posted anything here, February 8 to be exact. You see I have been busy, busy sitting in traffic all caused...

‘Platina’ Bridge Will Be Ready April 30, Minister of Transport Promises

Q COSTA RICA - Blaming Hurricane Otto as the main reason for the delays, the Minister of Transport, Carlos Villalta, promised the "platina' bridge will be complete by April 30. The original delivery date was February 28, 2017, later postponed to March 15. The minister, during...

Commuter Train Does Not Have The Capacity

Q COSTA RICA NEWS / The plan was great. The government told us, "take the train" as a measure to lessen the road congestion caused by the partial closure of two lanes of the 'platina' bridge on the autopista General Cañas. But, as authorities and...

Early Morning Accidents On The Autopista General Cañas Leaves 3 Dead, 18 Injured

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Traffic congestion on the autopista General Cañas in the Alajuela - San Jose direction, worsened during morning peak hours due to two fatal crashes leaving three people dead. One of the crashes occurred a few hundred metres ahead of the...

Pavas To Alajula In 5 Minutes. Literally.

Q COSTA RICA / If you are willing to pay US$49.90 (about ¢28,000  colones) to avoid all the traffic mess, going from Pavas (San Jose) to Alajuela, ALAS Aerotur will take you by air in only 5 minutes. The 'air taxi' service is from the...

A Good Day To Stay Put. Or Walk.

Q COSTA RICA  / If you think traffic congestion in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) was bad, you weren't out this morning, the first weekday of traffic with the 'platina' closures - the closing of the two Alajuela - San Jose bound lanes on...

The Closure Of The ‘Platina’ Commences Today

Q COSTA RICA NEWS / Today is Saturday. The Saturday that the "platina" bridge mostly shuts down until the first week in March, giving crews the space and freedom to complete the 'construction of the new six lane bridge' over the Virilla river on...

MOPT To Close ‘Platina’ Bridge For More Than A Month

Q COSTA RICA / Today and tomorrow are just a taste of what is to come, traffic wise that is, as the Ministry of Transport (MOPT) finalizes details to shut down the Alajuela - San Jose lanes of the "platina" bridge over the Virilla...

The “Platina” That Gridlocks The Capital City

Did the Romeria, the pilgrimage to Cartago, come early? That's what it seemed like on Wednesday as hundreds walked the hot pavement of the autopista General Cañas, in the area of the Virilla bridge better known as the "platina" to get to their destination. Walking...

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,...

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...

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...

Once Again “La Platina” Is Damaged!

QCOSTARICA - Once again the "platina bridge" becomes a nightmare for drivers on the autopista General Cañas, this time a plate (platina) used in one of the various patch works came loose, forcing one of the two lanes in the Alajuela - San Jose...

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