La Paz waterfall bridge going into place but not in service

Roadway officials want to make sure that the same thing does not happen at the La Paz waterfall that happened on the Circunvalación. They are stabilizing the ground with a new wall to prevent erosion when a temporary bridge is in place.

The plan is to erect another of those bailey bridges across the face of the waterfall. The location is at a much-admired cascade between Vara Blanca and San Miquel de Sarapiquí. It was water from the river that took out the existing bridge more than a week ago.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the road agency, said that the bridge is expected to be in place by the end of the week. But it will be several weeks more before travel is permitted,

Those in the tourism business north of the waterfall are not happy. The Cámera Nacional de Turismo issued a press release
Tuesday noting that the main highway out of San José provides access to the northern zone and the various tourism locations.

The waterfall is north of Heredia, and Ruta 126 is often traveled for its natural beauty. However, Ruta 32 is the main highway to the northern zone.

The chamber said that rumors of road problems reduced the number of tourists to Fraijanes, Poasito and Sarapiquí to zero last weekend.

When contractors for the Consjo de Vialidad tackled the collapse of part of the Circunvalación, they quickly erected four bailey bridges. But they failed to take into account the actions of the Río María Aguilar, which undermined the base of the bridges. That is why the four-lane highway remains closed, creating a monumental traffic mess in the metro area.

And that is why workers at the waterfall are reinforcing the ground so that the bridge will stay in place once it is up. The temporary bridge will be 33 meters or about 108 feet.

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