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.