Ferry docks will be getting upgrades along gulf of Nicoya

The ferry stations on the Gulf of Nicoya will be getting facelifts, the government said Wednesday. These are the locations in Naranjo and Paquera on the east shore of the Nicoya peninsula and the Puntarenas station in Barrio el Carmen.

The job is dependent on a $450 million loan that is being considered by the Asamblea Legislativa. The money is coming from the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

The renovations of the ferry facilities came up while President Laura Chinchilla was on the peninsula observing work on the Naranjo-Paquera roadway.  The 21.5-kilometer stretch is being prepared for asphalt.

The gravel road has been in bad shape and sometimes out of service in the rainy season. The work also is being financed by the development bank loan. The highway is the major route that units the northern and southern part of the peninsula.

The condition of the north-south roads isolates the lower peninsula, which is why the ferry service is vital.

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