Puriscal-Ciudad Colón road rebuilding due to be done in July

Engineers spent a lot of time figuring out how to support the highway at Alto de Quitirrisí. They ordered anchors to support the retaining wall and also designed an asphalt strip to protect a bed of gravel.

Road officials expect to finish the Puriscal-Ciudad Colón rebuilding by July. The work has been going on since September.

An unusual aspect is a retaining wall that has been put up in Alto de Quitirrisí. The wall helps workers rebuild the road that has been washed out by heavy rains. The wall holds up the roadway that passes by a steep drop. The retention structure is fortified by horizontal bolts and an asphalt cap on gravel.
The goal is to finish the job before this year’s heavy rains.

The roadway, Ruta 239, runs from Pursical to Ciudad Colón and is a vital link in the transport net. It also is a tourism route.

Between Ciudad Colón and Salitrales the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad is rebuilding the concrete gutters to direct runoff away from the roadway. Workers also are fixing highway barriers and removing the remains of slides.

Both projects total 940 million colons or about $1.9 million.

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