Motorists are facing at least two challenges along the Pacific coast today. North of Jacó highway workers are trying to clear a major slide that closed the Costanera, Ruta 34, Monday morning.
Meanwhile the Interamericana Norte is closed at the Río Aranjuez bridge where work is being done until 8 p.m. tonight.
The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said motorists should take alternate routes, including the Putarenas-Naranjo ferry to reach Guanacaste and points north. The slide near Jacó was reported to be about 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) south of the Tárcoles cemetery. That is at a point identified as Kilometer 19. The Consejo said that about 500 cubic meters (about 654 cubic yards) of material fell probably due to heavy rains in the area Sunday night.
Work crews already punched through a single lane that is being reserved for emergency vehicles, if needed. The Consejo said that motorists should consider the alternate route via Puriscal from the Central Valley.
Trucks should use the Interamericana Sur over Cerro de la Muerte, the Consejo said.