Transport officials closed the westbound lanes of the Autopista General Cañas overnight so that workmen could install a metal plate over missing concrete.
This is the so called platina bridge that has been immortalized in song, YouTube and jest. The bridge spans the Río Virilla.
This is just a temporary fix. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad has been applying major fixes to the span without satisfactory results for three years.
Traffic police were sending vehicles on detours from 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The bridges was supposed to be open again by 5 a.m. today. This is the place where the concrete is crumbling and the metal rebars are being exposed.
The problems began when the metal along an expansion joint became loose. That was how the word platina, meaning “little plate” came into use.
Contractors fixed that joint several times, but the metal continued to become loose.
Even a major refurbishing of the bridge did not last long.
The concrete that is crumbing has been applied recently.
The possibility remains that nighttime work may continue if contractors cannot get the metal to remain in place.