Circunvalación contract signed for design and construction

President Laura Chinchilla signed Tuesday a contract to build part of the northern section of the Circunvalación. The $147 million contract also calls for designing the entire new route.

The job is supposed to take 18 months with six months for design. The contractor is the Consorcio La Estrella-Hernán Solís.

The construction is supposed to be from La Uruca where the Circunvalación now ends to an intersection with Ruta 32. The design work will include the shorter stretch from Ruta 32 to Calle Blancos.

The money comes from a loan from the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica.

The new road will be a boon for truckers who now have to navigate their way through San José to reach Ruta 32. And trucking from the west usually exits the General Cañas highway at La Uruca and travels briefly on the Circunvalación and then enters city streets. This includes any produce shipments from the south that are on the way to the docks in Limón and Moín.

The contract needs approval from the Contraloría de la República, the budget watchdog.

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