The transport ministry had been authorized to spend 500 million colons (a bit more than $1 million) to maintain the 3-year-old, $3 million automatic traffic control system in the Central Valley.
The ministry plans to spend about 300 million colons or about $600,000 this year. The contract is with Consorcio Titán-Semex S.A. In addition to traffic lights, the contract covers monitoring systems, fiber optic cables, traffic displays and cameras.
The agreement can be extended for three years, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. The ministry also said it is working to interconnect systems in Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela with the San José setup, which is controlled from a center in Plaza Víquez. That project awaits budgetary approval and will cost 470 million colons more, the ministry said.
There are 325 intersections in San José covered by the contract. Some 64 controlled intersections exist in the other provinces, said the ministry.