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Work on the Circulavacion Norte Resumes

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), Rodolfo Méndez Mata, signed Friday afternoon the extension of the addendum with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) for the supervision services of the works in the Circulavacion Norte. Work on the San José...

College of Engineers qualifies as unjustifiable stoppage of works in Circunvalacion

QCOSTARICA - Unjustified. The Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos (CFIA) - Federated College of Engineers and Architects - qualifies the rejection of the Comptroller's Office (Contraloría General de la República  - CGR) of the addendum in the supervision contract of the project, that...

Circunvalación Norte Runs Into Roadblock, Works SuspendedIndefinitely

QCOSTARICA - A new roadblock faces the construction of the Circunvalación Norte of the Ruta 39, the San José north ring road, as from this Tuesday, April 6, the works for US$163 million dollar project are suspended indefinitely. The cause? The construction supervision contract with the...

Traffic lights are STOP signs at night!

Something that has been on the books for the longest time, but few know about: traffic lights in Costa Rica operate as a stop sign between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am. All traffic lights. Countrywide. This was highlighted recently by the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y...

Extension of driving priviliges for tourists has not happened yet

EXPAT FOCUS - We wish that it were true, but claims that tourist driving privileges have been extended until June 1, 2021, are just that, claims. We have not been able to confirm this with the MOPT, on their website or Facebook page.  No other...

Globalvia estimates expanding ruta 27 will cost US$646 million

QCOSTARICA - The expansion of Ruta 27, the San Jose - Puerto Caldera road, will cost about US$646 million dollars, according to the estimates by Globalvia, the concessionaire. This is indicated by the proposal and the costs to specify that plan, received last week by...

Drivers can use foreign license for 6 more months

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) announced Thursday that it will grant a grace period for six (6) more months to foreigners who legally reside in the country, as well as Costa Ricans whose foreign license has expired. This is NOT...

MOPT plans to collect tolls on the Cañas-Liberia highway

QCOSTARICA - Driving the 50-kilometer concrete highway between Cañas-Liberia, inaugurated five years ago and already showing signs of deterioration, is now free of tolls. But that could change soon as the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) plans collect tolls to finance maintenance work...

Expansion of La Angostura will take twelve months

QCOSTARICA - This Monday, February 15, 2021, President Carlos Alvarado signed into the Ley de Ampliación y Rehabilitación de la RN17 - expansion of Ruta Nacional 17 - approved by the Legislative Assembly. Ruta Nacional 17 or RN17 is the access road to city of...

Government compensated Aeris for less air traffic at San Jose airport

QCOSTARICA - Given the decrease in air traffic in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Carlos Alvarado government had to economically compensate the operator of the Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO). In total, the government had to pay Aeris US$29.9 million dollars in compensation, according...

At 11 months to delivery, the road to Limón missing 440 expropriations

QCOSTARICA - Road construction, more to the point, delivery of finish projects, has been a low point for Costa Rica's Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) - Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Major projects around the country, past and present, have all suffered...

The reflective vest and its use by drivers

QCOSTARICA - In recent weeks a rumor spread on WhatsApp that drivers who do not have their reflective vest in the glove compartment were going to be fined. While it is recommended that a reflective vest be handy, it is not required to be in...

Don’t blame drivers but the infrastructure for most road deaths In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Not respecting the double yellow line, invading oncoming traffic due to whatever reason, such as making a left turn or overtaking, are two common recklessness ending in death on Costa Rica's roads. According to data from the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) -Road...

Having your vehicle impounded will cost more starting in January

QCOSTARICA - Having your vehicle impounded due to a traffic violation in will cost more starting on January 1, 2021. This because, in addition to the fine for the infraction that includes parking, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with no or a suspended...

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...

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