Pedestrian bridge at hospital will get an elevator

In conjunction with the international day for people with disability, the Costa Rican government announced its plan to build an elevator to broaden access to the foot bridge spanning the Carretera General Cañas in front of Hospital México.

Carlos Acosta, the executive director of the country’s highway agency, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, said the construction project would be valued at about 65 million colons, or $130,000. He said in a press release the government would begin accepting private bids for the contract work and construction would begin at the end of this year.

The elevator will have capacity enough for about four people, automatic doors and brail buttons.

The installation of the elevator in front of Hospital Mexico would mark the first of several the Consejo is eyeing. Plans are to install another in Puente La Luisa in Barrio Córdoba, San José. The press release says an elevator is more economical than a ramp and does not require expropriations of land.

The government reports it is improving the bridge because of its proximity to the major medical center.

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