Paseo Colón to be rebuilt as first stage in San José

Machine has begun to chew asphalt on Paseo Colón. Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo

With the approach of the dry season, road work picks up and traffic slows down.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said Tuesday that work had begun on stripping the asphalt off Paseo Colón, one of the busiest streets in San José Centro.

The project encompasses 4 kilometers, from the west end of the four-lane street to Hospital San Juan de Dios.

This is a $2.3 million job that will rebuild the driving surface on the road and cap it with 5 centimeters of asphalt.

The street will be closed most nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The Consejo said that it expected the work to be done in December and that there is a second and third stage that will be tackled later along the same route but further east.

This is the main street for the Festival de la Luz, the annual Christmas parade. There was no mention on how the road builders would accommodate the marchers.

The Consejo also noted that a similar job was taking place in Alajuela on the Bernardo Soto highway near Juan Santamaría airport. That is an $11.2 million job. There will be delays from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., said the Consejo.

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