An emergency project estimated at 150 million colons, or $278,000, is set to repair deteriorating conditions on a highway on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast in the coming weeks.
Carlos Segnini, the minister of public works and transportation, called for immediate action to improve the Ruta 160 highway that runs from Sámara to Nosara. The 25-mile stretch is scheduled to be patched up by the country’s road agency, the Consejo Nacional Vialidad.
“This is not a highway, it’s a path,” said President Luis Guillermo Solís, who met with community members of Nosara Wednesday to discuss construction on the highway. Segnini visited there Tuesday to guarantee fast improvements made to the road filled with potholes and susceptible to rainy season flooding.
On top of the emergency investment, the government will give an additional 70 million colons, or $130,000, in an attempt to refurbish the entire highway. Construction should allow the roadway to be fully paved by next year, according to a release from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. The government plans to put pavement over the entire road and put bridges in the locations most vulnerable to floods.
The ministry already worked on the highway last year to place a seal on a stretch that sees a decent amount of traffic. However, the ministry reports that this seal has already been destroyed.
Some residents said they were thrilled by the visit of the president.
Solís also visited nearby Playa Guiones where he planted a tree and chatted with residents and tourists.
The road has been in terrible shape for years and even was the subject of a Sala IV appeal that resulted in an order for the layer of asphalt.
A repaired highway is likely to give Nosara and points north a tourism and real estate boost.