The transport ministry is changing the rules again on the Autopista General Cañas bus lanes. The bus lanes are expected to be in service at the Río Virilla bridge.
Traffic officials already have issued more than 1,000 tickets for drivers using the lanes designated for buses. These are the outside lanes on the highway. Now heavy trucks of more than six tons are being invited to use the bus lanes. This is supposed to be the rule for the next 15 days.
The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes managed to open up four lanes at the bridge over the weekend. That has eased to some extent the massive traffic jams that have been a regular event while workmen repair the bridge.
The speed limit still is just 30 kph at the bridge. Transport officials said that the heavy trucks still must comply with the hour restrictions that prohibit large trucks during rush hours of from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.