Work continues to reopen key Caribbean road link

The work continues to open Ruta 32 north of San José. With luck vehicles might be able to pass through the area some 10 kilometers north of the Zurquí tunnel later today or Saturday.

Work in clearing 100 meters (about 330 feet) of rock and dirt hit a snag Wednesday afternoon when heavy rains drenched the area. The estimated 6,400 cubic meters (8,370 cubic yards) of rock and dirt closed the highway early Wednesday. There were more slides later Wednesday and Thursday. Some of the rocks are the size of autos.

This is the main road, the Braulio Carrillo highway between San José and the Caribbean coast.

One project Thursday was to liberate the estimated 40 tractor-trailers that were trapped by the slide.
Workers under the direction of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes worked with traffic police to open a temporary passage for the trucks. There were trailers headed in both directions on the two-lane road.

After the trailers went on their way, the highway was closed again for heavy equipment to remove the slide material.

The ministry said that work removing the slide would begin again today with the expectation that the road would be open again as soon as possible.

Motorists have two options until the road is opened again. They can take a highway through Turriabla or they can take a route through Vara Blanca to San Miguel de Sarapiquí and La Virgen.

That is a hilly route not suitable for large trucks.

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