Trees will be cut to give space to widen roadway

Rendering shows how the center island might look. Photo: Ministerio de Obras Pública y Transportes

Motorists will be detoured today and Thursday when a private firm cuts down trees along the San Francisco de Heredia-Río Segundo de Alajuela road. The location is between what is known locally as the Bomba de Cristo, a service station, and the Catholic church in San Francisco.

The work is designed to widen the highway so that it can be used as a detour itself when highway officials close the Autopista General Cañas from Dec. 26 for 10 weeks. The autopista job is to finally fix the metal covering on a bridge expansion joint that has become a national joke.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that the trees to be cut are old and infirm pines whose roots have damaged nearby sidewalks. They will be replaced by native species, including in an island that will be created between the lanes. The road will be widened to four lanes, the ministry said.

The tree cutting is only in an area about 250 meters long or about four blocks.

The work has been approved by the relevant environmental agencies, the ministry said. The work will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The firm Constructora FCC is doing the job.

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