Vice president explains delays in Limón project

Vice President Alfio Piva Mesén told lawmakers Thursday that the massive Limón Ciudad Puerto project has been delayed but that he is certain it will be competed.

He blamed multiple reasons, including paperwork, for the delay.

The project is a renovation of the city, involving all sorts of improvements to infrastructure. It was a keystone of the Óscar Arias Sánchez administration and was inherited by President Laura Chinchilla.

Piva was talking at a session of the Comisión Permanente Especial de Control de Ingreso y Gasto Público. He said that in December the government installed new lighting in Limón Centro and also put up street signs.

In 2008 the World Bank approved a $72.5 million loan for the Limón project.

One part of the project is to control the flooding that hits barrios San Luis and Santa Fe periodically from the nearby Río Limoncito. Restoration of principal public and historic buildings also was on the agenda.

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