Road and bridge projects in race against upcoming rainy season

Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias photo. Emergency officials are doing this work on the Río Grande de Paquera on the Nicoya peninsula.

Road and emergency officials are in another race against time to finish projects before the rainy season hits hard.

On the Nicoya peninsula, the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias is clearing the channel of the Río Grande de Paquera in anticipation of heavy downpours.

Among other storms, Tomas in 2010 caused flooding that endangered about 600 nearby residents. The floods also left sediment that the commission hopes to eliminate. The work covers 3.4 kilometers of the riverbed and cost 116 million colons or about $232,000.

The job also protects new bridges that have been placed near the mouth of the river. Ruta 32 that runs north from San José to the Caribbean coast is close to being finished. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad replaced concrete with asphalt and put security lines on the major highway in a four-step project that caused woes for motorists.

In another project, the so-called Puente Blanco on Ruta 415 in the center of Turrialba at the central park is being repaired. That community is no stranger to devastating flooding.  New concrete will go down and the bridge approaches will be repaired. This is a 15 million-colon job, about $30,000.

In Barva de Heredia a one-lane bridge on Ruta 126 over the  Quebrada Seca is being removed and will be replaced by a four-lane structure. The project is scheduled for 120 days, and some motorists will have to use alternate routes, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

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