1.25 miles of big ditch will capture Caldera runnoff

Children make use of the path alongside drainage system. Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo

Some 80 families living along a highway that goes from Puerto Caldera to Esparza were getting flooded out by road runoff.

To solve the problem, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad put in 2 kilometers (about 1.25 miles) of a giant drainage system. The system is concrete with plastic pipes. There also is a concrete gutter installed along the road.

Among those benefiting are school children who attend the Centro Educativo de Caldera.

The highway is Ruta 23.

Up until now the homes were swept by muddy water and sediments when heavy rains came. Engineers specified grids on all the pipe entrances to avoid having a child washed away in the running water.

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