Finger pointing rules in reports over Ruta 1856

Wednesday was finger-pointing day at the legislature.

Three separate reports came from a commission that investigated the troubled Ruta 1856 along the Río San Juan in northern Costa Rica.

The road was put in to provide transport for police to counter any effort by Nicaragua soldiers to further invade the country. But the job is a mess and there are complaints that the work only served to provide tons of silt into the adjacent river.

The road was built under a decree of emergency. Contractors subsequently have been removed from the site and the work progresses under government employees.

The Comisión de Ingreso y Gasto Público studied the case and it is from this body that three reports came forth Wednesday. Opposition party members called for the firing of top government officials. The ruling Partido Liberación Nacional put the blame on the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the road agency, as did most every other player.

The Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias issued another statement saying it had nothing to do with the job.

Various low-level rod inspectors have been identified as targets of investigation. And it will be prosecutors and not lawmakers who have the final say on who did what and when.

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