Resurfacing planned for today at Autopista Cañas bottleneck

There are traffic jams expected today on the Autopista General Cañas, but the situation is expected to improve Tuesday.

The twin bailey bridges have been removed from the eastbound lanes where an 84-ton crane caused a collapse last week. Workmen have backfilled the eastbound construction site to highway level. A new road surface is expected to be put down today.

In the meantime, eastbound and westbound traffic is reduced to one lane each at the site. Eastbound traffic is being routed through twin bridges on the westbound lanes. Traffic was flowing normally Sunday, but the big crush is at the peak hours this morning and this evening.

Work at the site has been advanced by little rain for three days.
Crews are compacting the dirt with large roller vehicles.

This is the site above a new concrete spillway. The old spillway washed out in a storm, and the westbound lanes were damaged. Highway officials decided to replace the entire section and erected four bailey bridges, one for each traffic lane.

Soon crews will have to remove the bridges on the westbound lanes creating another series of tie ups until that section can be backfilled and resurfaced.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that the project was hampered by heavy rains last week.

Officials said they still were closing the road from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in order to complete the project.

There are a number of detours.

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