Vacationers returning, and traffic police are ready

Mid-year vacation comes to an end Monday for public school students, and those parents who took the opportunity to spend time at the beach or in the mountains are getting ready to return to their homes today or over the weekend.

Traffic police are anticipating a heavy flow of vehicles back into the Central Valley. The collapse of the westbound lanes of the General Cañas highway near Los Arcos has been repaired successfully with temporary bailey bridges, and motorists hardly notice the patch.

Policía de Tránsito officers have the option to open a third lane for westbound traffic at that point if the flow becomes too heavy. One quick fix when the pavement caved in was to take a lane from the eastbound section of the highway.

So officers have the option to reduce eastbound traffic to one lane while providing a third lane around the site of the bailey bridges, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

Those who spent a week or two weeks on the coasts saw more rain than those who stayed in the Central
Valley. That situation is expected to be repeated today with cloudy mornings and downpours on the Pacific as well as the Caribbean, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional. The Central Valley may see isolated showers as residents did Thursday.

The north Pacific and the Nicoya peninsula will have moderate winds and possible showers, said the forecast.

The Pacific Ocean is becoming a breeding ground for storms. The latest tropical storm is Fabio, following closely on the heels of Hurricane Emilia. Both are headed west away from Costa Rica.

However, having six named storms so early in the season is unusually, particularly to for the Pacific where fewer storms are expected. So far the Atlantic is free of storms or suspicious low-pressure areas, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The transport ministry issues a release noting that license plate restrictions based on the last digit will go back into force Monday and that restrictions will continue for heavy trucks from 6 a.m. To 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on highways leading to and from San José.

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