The nation’s road agency said Thursday that it had begun highway repairs in the vicinity of Cinchona, the community that was destroyed by an earthquake 27 months ago.
The announcement comes after the Cámara Nacional de Turismo said that failure to repair the damaged stretch of road was hurting tourism in the northern zone.
Two stretches, one of seven kilometers (a bit over four miles) between Tambor and Vara Blanca and 10 kilometers (about six miles) between Vara Blanca and Cinchona are being leveled and drainage systems are being installed.
The work is being supervised by the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad.
Residents of the area spent upwards of $200,000 for heavy equipment to repair the road, but the tourism chamber said only large trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles could use the stretch. The road agency will level the sections and put down gravel.
During the earthquake sections of the highway fell into the adjacent valley taking vehicles too.