Work began Thursday on pedestrian bridge at Atenas

Ministerio de Obras Pública y Transportes graphic This is a rendering of the new pedestrian bridge

Transport officials said that work has begun on a pedestrian bridge across Ruta 27, the Caldera-San José highway, at Río Grande de Atenas. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes has agreed to put in the bridge.

The job now is in the hands of Puentes Prefa, which estimates that the work will take 120 days.

The bridge will be 72 meters long and 1.8 meters wide, some 233 feet by nearly six feet. The government agency said that the bridge will resemble the Puente La Amistad over the Río Tempisque, although that is a bridge that carries vehicles.

The new highway basically split a community in half, and the bridge will provide safe transport for pedestrians.

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