The transport ministry made a late announcement Tuesday and said that work would continue today on the Río Virilla bridge on the General Cañas highway. Officials said the work would be started at 11 p.m. Tuesday and end at 5 a.m. today.
This is a high-traffic stretch, and work during peak hours is sure to create a transportation disaster. Detours are planned. This is the main highway between Alajuela and San José. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes also said that work would be done Thursday morning weather permitting.
This latest repair job started June 12. The ministry seeks to replace concrete that has been pulverized by traffic. There is a grid of metal on the bridge deck, and concrete was placed in and over that. Almost immediately the concrete began to crumble.