Motorists had their choice of weekend traffic tieups

Multiple closures caused havoc for motorists Saturday and Sunday in and around San José.

The reasons were asphalt jobs and little concern by contractors for traffic control.

Saturday Avenida 3 west of Calle 3 was getting a new coat of asphalt, and the contractor closed the key route that is traveled heavily by buses. Drivers had to make a turn of more than 90 degrees to head north to find an alternate route. The driver of one car parked in a spot that prevented this maneuver by buses and almost won a starring role in a fistfight.

That route was blocked until about 4 p.m. Sunday.

So traffic all over the downtown was snarled.

Sunday the General Cañas eastbound was reduced to one lane, and that caused a major traffic jam on that route that spilled over to adjacent roadways.

Then the San José marathon resulted in a number of closed roadways in the capital as runners covered the distance twice from the U.S. Embassy to eastern San José.

The more than 3,000 runners had a choice of distances from 4 kilometers to a full marathon.

Some were still on the course in later afternoon. Avenida Segunda and Paseo Colón were closed to traffic until the last runner finished.

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