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Limonal and Cañas expansion six months behind schedule

QCOSTARICA - The 21 km extension, better yet, expansion, of the Interamericana Norte highway between Limonal and Cañas should be delivered, if no further extensions are approved, in April 2021. Originally, the work that began in September 2018, had to be completed within 24 months;...

Foreigners driver’s license exemption

QCOSTARICA - The Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) has extended the driving privileges of foreigners non-residents (tourists) who have remained in Costa Rica longer than three (3) months. Our friends at Outlier Legal just informed that they received a response from the Vice...

Foreigners will NOT have their driving privileges extended past Nov 18

QCOSTARICA - Usually, foreigners can use their foreign driver's license for a period of three months from the moment they enter the country, this in accordance with the Ley de Transito (Traffic Law).   However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to land borders restricted...

Passages on the Interamericana Sur will be controlled starting this Monday

QCOSTARICA - Traveling to and from the southern part of Costa Rica can be complicated in the coming days as the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) crews work on repairs and/or cleanup efforts caused by the rains of the past week. The MOPT...

The State spends ¢1 billion a year to look after unclaimed vehicles

QCOSTARICA - What happens when a vehicle is seized by the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police)? In many cases it goes into abandonment if the owner never claims it, costing the government coffers some ¢1.09 billion colones (about US$1.8 million dollars) a year to...

Blame the drivers: It’s not the posts, but the lack of road safety education

(QCOSTARICA) The installment of the flexible delineator folding posts on the Ruta 32, at a cost of ¢177 million colones Sunday morning is failing again, as it did five years ago. Despite the fact that the Ministry of Transport assured that a U.S. laboratory certified...

Ministry of Transport extends grace for August Riteve inspection

(QCOSTARICA) It's almost the end of August and for owners of vehicles with license plates ending in 8, it's Riteve time, the annual vehicular inspection. Normally, come September 1, drivers would be fined ¢54,636 colones for not having the current inspection. However, in times of pandemic,...

Expansion of the bridge over the Alajuela river begins

(QQCOSTARICA) This Wednesday, August 19, the order was given for the start of the expansion works of the bridge over the Alajuela river, located east of the tolls on the Autopista General Cañas, near the Juan Santamaría international airport. The expansion is expected to end...

Map specifies prohibited routes for cyclists

(QCOSTARICA) It's the weekend and weather permitting, a great time for cycling. But riders are asked not to forget that were are still in a pandemic and social distancing is among the measures that prevents the spread of the COVID-19. In recent weeks, many cyclists...

MOPT recognizes that the vehicle restrictions is a business for the government

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) recognizes that vehicle restriction has become a business for the government. "Although the health restriction is intended to reduce the number of people out on the street, unless they really have to be out, it is a...

Garantia Sociales Viaduct Inaugurated, Less Congestion In Zapote

On Monday, March 30, The Ministery of Transport (MOPT) inaugurated the new overpass of the Garantia Sociales (Zapote) rotonda, with the aim of reducing congestions on the Circunvalacaion. The inauguration took place early Monday morning, at 7:00 am and due to the covid-19 crisis, the...

Overhaul Of Zatope Rotonda Making Progress

The Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) - the folks who maintain our roads and promise to get rid of all congestion (or at least part, though they never explain which part), published the following photos on the process of the work on...

Eviction of Friday’s In San Pedro Began Friday!

Another one of the big ones gone. In 1980, Friday's a concept bar-restaurant that revolutionized the times in Costa Rica .... served its last customers on Thursday. And will now be bulldozed to make way for progress. Located in San Pedro de Montes de Oca...

The Painted Lines Come Later. Maybe Never.

Rico's TICO BULL - Take a look at the photos below, we see men and machines working, paving, great promo for the MOPT, you know the people that have given us great roads and great infrastructure over the years. Now, if you live in Costa...

Costa Rica advances in infrastructure, but is still far from overcoming lag

Perhaps you have noticed that the current government is building several infrastructure works in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) with the objective of mitigating road congestion problems. However, projects such as Circunvalación Norte, the new bridge over the Virilla River and the overpasses in Gariantia...

Speeding: From A Cop’s Perspective

Speeding kills. We all speed. That is why the Policia de Transito (traffic police) use their photo radar unit to catch speeding drivers. This photo by the Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Publicas (MOPT), gives us a glimpse from a transito's (cop's) perspective of a...

Three Downtown Roads To Be Exclusive For Public Transit

Major changes to the flow of downtown San Jose traffic will be in place in the coming weeks when three of the roads will become partially exclusive for public transit (buses and taxis). These are Avenidas 3 and 6 and Calle 2. Avenida 3 is...

Government Supports Fast-Tracking Law To Regulate Uber

Although the taxi union opposes the new bill that regulates digital transport platforms, such as Uber, the government is in agreement with the Legislative Assembly to fast-track it. Victor Morales, Ministro de la Presidencia (Chief-of-staff), explained the executive branch supports the will of the legislators...

This is the new law plan to regulate Uber in Costa Rica

Legislators of the Legislative Committee on Economic Affairs made public on Wednesday an alternative text to the Government's plan to regulate technological transport platforms such as Uber. The text, among other objectives, aims to put the user as the most important figure to benefit from...

“An Endless Road”: MOPT Proposes To Finish The Road San Carlos by 2025

July 4, 2025. That is the date proposed by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) and the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) - Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and the National Road Council -  for the completion  of the works on...

Costa Rican Public Roads Work Contracts Attract World-wide Interest

Costa Rica has become a market of interest for construction companies in various parts of the world, who already developing public works for about US$840 million. That has unleashed a strong competition for major public roads contracts. The multimillion-dollar works agenda of recent years and the...

“Security for women is the challenge of public transport”

Karla González, former Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) and leader of the Gender Working Group of the World Bank participated yesterday in the webinar "Gender and transport in Latin America", promoted by Women in Motion. The presentation focused on the need to consider...

Are The Traffic Cameras Coming Back? When?

The recklessness of many drivers will never end. That is a truth that transit officials in the country know well. And despite their attempts in the past, the lack of proper resources - sufficient traffic officials (police) on the roads, among others - means...

Downtown San Jose Roads Get A Refit

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) in conjunction with the municipality of San José started a process of resurfacing and demarcation of roads in 24 different points of the central hull of the capital city. Approximately 50 km from San José will be...

Trapped By Progress: 12 Families Live In The Middle of Taxiway Under Construction at San Jose Airport

Twelve families trapped between the old judicial process of expropriation and the need for the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO) to expand to accommodate the growth in air travel at Costa Rica's major airport, will soon live literally next to the...

The Ministry Nincompoops (MOPT) Do It Again!

Rico's TICO BULL - If you weren't aware, as many, this morning on the east of the La Sabana park there were two major intersection changes in effect, but despite the announcements last week, neither drivers nor the Ministry of Transport was ready. One of...

“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...

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