Old Tucurrique bridge will be dedicated to only pedestrians

Residents still share the old bridge with motor traffic, but that will change when the new span is open. Photo: Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes

Road officials are building a new 90-meter bridge over the Rio Pejibaye in Tucurrique, but they will leave the old, one-lane structure in place as a pedestrian bridge. That distance is about 295 feet.

The new structure is a bailey bridge and will support 40 tons, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y

Procom S.A. has the contract for the job. The contract is from $250,000, officials said, and that does not include the $600,000 work of steel bailey bridge segments. The concrete supports have been installed and work is being done on the metal deck. The location is in west central Costa Rica.

Similar work is taking place in Turrubares over the Río Grande de Tárcoles where a loaded passenger bus flipped off a hanging span in October 2009. Five persons died in the river. The concrete work has been advancing here, too.

There also is similar work taking place in Jerónimo de Esparza, el Toro in Pital de San Carlos and in San José at the Río Frío, the ministry said.

The country has its eyes on 200 substandard bridges including eight on the Interamericana that are being rebuilt.

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