Pedestrian walkway replaces boats at site of downed bridge

Consejo Nacional de Vialidad photo
This pedestrian walkway replaces more than three weeks of
a local boatlift.

Transport officials have replaced the collapsed bridge over the Río Sucio with a 120-meter (394-foot) pedestrian walkway.

The bridge collapsed during the Sept. 5 earthquake, and the Cruz Roja and other agencies have been providing daily boat service for the estimated 3,000 agricultural workers who have to cross the river at that point.

The pedestrian walkway is just a temporary measure. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad is working on one of those prefabricated bailey bridges to replace the fallen span. They said they expect to have the new bridge up by the middle of this month.

The location is on Ruta 507 in Sarapaquí. The boats only ran from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., so those who worked in the pineapple and banana plantations had to judge their time carefully. The location is far from the Pacific coast epicenter of the Sept. 5 quake, but officials said that the lateral movement doomed the old bridge.

Meanwhile, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte said it has completed a bridge over the Río Burío at La Fortuna. The new span is two lanes, and the older one-lane bridge will continue in use, said the ministry.

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