Bridge inventory will cost $700,000 a year for four years

The Instituto  Tecnológico de Costa Rica confirmed Wednesday that it will receive 350 million colons per year for four years because its academic experts will be evaluating some of the nation’s bridges. That is about $700,000 a year.

The university-level educational institution confirmed it had signed a contract with the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. The study is being made because there is no inventory of the state of the nation’s bridges, the institute said.

However, there was a report in 2007 sponsored by the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation that covered more than 1,300 bridges. Most were in bad shape the report said.

The survey will include visual inspection and a search for damage on 600 bridges and training of public employees, said the institute.

The survey team at the Cartago university already has studied and done an analysis of fatigue at the General Cañas bridge over the Río Virilla, the so-called platina.

The team, known as eBridge also did a study of a span over the  Río Purires last year.

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