Key highway to Caribbean being closed mornings for study

Highways continue to be a challenge for expats. Ruta 32, the San José-Limón route, will be closed today, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 a.m. to noon. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad has contracted with a team of geologists and engineers to create a three-dimensional image of the highway where it passes through Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.

The goal is to find a definitive solution to the landslides that have plagued the stretch.

The firm Stereocarto is involved as well as specialists from a number of government agencies. Officials suggest that those who must travel to the Caribbean use the alternate route through Turrialba. Most truckers will choose to await the reopening of the highway instead of taking a chance on the less then adequate Turrialba route.

Meanwhile work continues on the Autopista del Sol where side-by-side bailey bridges have been installed. Transport officials still are not ready to open that route. This stretch, too, was the victim of a landslide, and the issue rises to the level of a political one because the highway was constructed by a private firm working on a concession.

The closed portion is between Atenas and Orotina. The alternate route is the Interamericana Norte, which also has been faced with geological challenges.

The situation has improved because there have been four days in a row without rain.

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