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The blockades return: 60 people closed Ruta 32

QCOSTARICA - The blockades are back: around 60 people keep the sector between Gallo Manso and Saborío, on Ruta 32, closed this Monday afternoon, confirmed Francisco Méndez Brenes, head of the Traffic Police of the Atlantic area. The police chief explained that the protesters maintained...

They did not last a day: the first flexible delineator posts on ruta 32 downed

(QCOSTARICA) The flexible delineator plastic traffic road divider on the Ruta32 did not last a full day. Crews finished placing them this Sunday at noon and by 6:00 pm several had been knocked off. A total of 2,400 plastic posts, at a cost of ¢177...

U.S. – China Dispute reaches company expanding the road to Limón

(QCOSTARICA) The dispute between the United States and China reaches the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), which is in charge of the expansion work of the 107 kilometers of the Ruta 32 between Rio Frío and the center of Limón. This morning, the United States...

Chinese pull equipment from Ruta 32 to send to Jamaica

The China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), working on the expansion of the Ruta 32 (San Jose - Limon) on Saturday removed its heavy machinery and vehicles from the job and without authorization from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT). The equipment was sent...

Private companies promote megaworks that governments postponed for years

Three projects that governments have postponed for years have returned to the scene in recent months at the initiative of private companies. The companies dusted off a chapter of the concessions law that allows them to offer the authorities to carry out the long-past investment...

Route to Limón Would Be Ready in March 2021

Due to delays caused by "situations beyond control", the China Engineering Company (CHEC) and the Costa Rican authorities agreed to postpone by the delivery of the Ruta 32 expansion by 174 days. Initially the CHEC, asked the Conavi, the national road council arm of the...

Costa Rica – Panama Bridge Half Way There

The construction of the new binational bridge over the Sixaola River, which is being jointly carried out by Costa Rica and Panama, presents a global advance of 56%. At the same time, the relocation of the border posts of both countries in matters of migration,...

Route 32 has only completed 20 meters of expropriations in 20 months

The system of compulsory purchase orders of property to be removed for the construction of public works in Costa Rica is failing to meet its goals. Twenty months into the expansion of Ruta 32, which links San José to the Caribbean, the project has only...

Crash Between Truck and Car Leaves 21 Injured (Photos)

A crash between a truck and a passenger vehicle left a total of 21 injured this Tuesday morning on the Ruta 32, the San Jose - Limon highwaym near the Costa Rica river bridge, in the area of Guapiles. Photos from social networks Despite the number...

Most roads are “protester and blockade free” today!

It wasn't until the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, July 2, that most roads were "protester free" or "enabled" in Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) jargon. At 4:15 am, traffic officials reported that the routes of the country, in particular in Limón and Pérez...

Landslide Forces Total Closure of Ruta 32

A landslide Tuesday morning on the Ruta 32 in the area of Quebrada González, forced a total closure between San Jose and Guapiles. According to the latest bulletin by the Ministro de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT), the total closure will continue today Wednesday. The...

Rock falls on car on Ruta 32

The driver of a vehicle took the scare of his life Tuesday morning when a rock fell on the car, after a landslide on Ruta 32, through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, which connects San José with Limón. David Meléndez, director of emergencies at the...

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...

Mayor Proposes Security Fencing For Saprissa Bridge To Avoid Suicides

The mayor of Tibás, Carlos Cascante, has proposed to the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), at a cost of ¢70 million colones, the installation of 120 modular panels with protective screens on each side of the Saprissa bridge to avoid suicides. As reported...

Pickup Collides With Bus on the Ruta 32, One Dead, 16 Injured

A collision between a bus and pickup on the Ruta 32, in the area of Carrandi, Matina, in the province of Limon on Wednesday left one dead and 16 others injured. The Cruz Roja (Red Cross) reported eight of the injured required a transfer to...

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...

Ruta 32 Continues Closed

The Ruta 32, between San Jose and Guapiles, continues closed as work crews try to clear the debris on the road from the numerous landslides. The closure occurred on Friday when hundreds of vehicles and more than 500 people were trapped in between the landslides. The...

More than 1,100 people in shelters due to heavy rains

A total of 1,173 people have been housed in shelters due to the heavy rains that began Friday, July 13. According to explained director of risk management of the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) National Emergencies Commission, Lorena Romero, 20 sites are open across...

Owners Who Abandoned Vehicles Trapped On The Ruta 32 Get Them Back

The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública y la Policía de Tránsito (Traffic Police), returned to their owners the some 200 vehicles abandoned by their owners trapped in between landslides generated by heavy rains in the Braulio Carrillo, of the Ruta 32. "People had to bring the...

Trapped: ‘Spending The Night Sleeping Next To A mountain and With Unstoppable Rain”

Silvia Chaves-Herra, 38 years old and a journalist by profession, is one of dozens who were trapped on Friday between the multiple landslides that occurred on Ruta 32 due to heavy rains that affected much of the country over the weekend. She said: "spending...

Driver Killed When Truck Hit By Landslide On The Ruta 32

The Cruz Roja Terrestrial Search and Rescue Unit (Red Cross Land Search and Rescue) that entered the Zurqui early this Saturday morning, to assist some 200 people trapped between the landslides on the Ruta 32 between Heredia and Guapiles, found the body of a...

Yellow Alert: Rains Generated By High Pressure System Hit Hard Limón and Turrialba

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) - National Emergencies Commission - declared a yellow alert in nine cantons of Costa Rica this Saturday morning, due to heavy rainfall generated by a high-pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean. In Limón, Siquirres, Matina and Talamanca are on...

Ruta 32 At The Zurqui Closed This Friday Morning Due To Landslide

If you are traveling to and from San Jose and Guapiles this Friday morning be aware of the closure of the Ruta 32 in the area of the Zurqui, due to a landslide Thursday night. MOPT authorities are expecting to clear the debris and re-open...

Ruta 32 Closed For 7 Hours Wednesday Morning

If traffic conditions aren't bad enough on the major routes of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), add a crash or as in the case this Wednesday morning, an overturned tractor trailer, and it can mean total collapse. Such was the case on the Ruta 32,...

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...

Chinese Company Will Outsource To Tica Construction Company To Expand Road To Limon

The Chinese construction firm, the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is set to start work on the expansion of the Ruta 32, the San Jose - Limon artery, to improve its transport capacity and efficiency, and spur local economy in general. However, the project would...

Ruta 32 Infrastructure Works In Limbo

In Costa Rica, the Solis administration is trying to give the order to begin the construction and extension of 107 kilometers of the ruta 32, road to Limón (vía a Limón), even though studies, permits and 1,200 expropriations have not yet been carried out. President...

Conavi Reports Progress in The Limon Road Project

The Consejo Nacional Vialidad (CONAVI)- National Road Council - in a statement said the final designs studies for the construction of 107 kilometers of the Ruta 32 (the San Jose - Limon) are supposed to be ready by the end of September. The Minister of...

China Expects A One-year Delay In Construction Of Road To Limon

The Chinese company, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), in charge of the reconstruction of 107 kilometers of the Ruta 32 (San Jose - Limon) project will start construction work in the second half of 2018, and not in September of this year, as originally...

Painting The Lines

The Casa Presidencial website shared this photo of the crew painting the lines on the Ruta 32 on Friday. The section of the Ruta 32, between the toll station in Heredia and Rio Frio on the other side of the Zurqui, was closed Thursday and...

Ruta 32 (San Jose – Limon) Closed Thursday and Friday Morning

The Ruta 32 (San Jose - Limon) will be closed between 10am and 2pm today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), between San Isidro de Heredia and Rio Frio de Sarapiqui. The Conavi says it needs a complete closure to make improvements to the road, in particular...

Environmental Study for Road to Limon Rejected

The Environmental Impact Study for the extension of Ruta 32 (San Jose - Limon), which will cost US$495 million, has shortcomings in form and substance, and does not include geotechnical or and social impact studies. A work which is urgently needed for the Costa Rican...

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