Legislative committee approves financing for new San Ramón highway

A legislative committee approved and sent to the full body Thursday a plan to create a 30-year trust to build the San José-San Ramón highway.

The project will use local banks and government institutions to put money in the trust.

The highway will be constructed in stages. The first will be making the stretch from the Circunvalación to Sabana Este into six lanes. The second stage will be for eight lanes from the Agencia Datsun to Juan Santamaria airport. The third step will be four lanes from the airport to San Ramón. There also are plans for a four-lane highway from San Antonio de Belén to Santa Ana.

The committee, the  Comisión de Asuntos Económicos, said that the taking of land and expropriation for the jobs should be done as quickly as possible.

Lawmakers on the committee expressed positive opinions of the project and said it should be competed as soon as possible.

In another highway development, the nation’s financial watchdog has approved 22 direct contracts amounting to 70 billion colons (about $128.5 million) to allow the road agency to continue extensive repairs of the national network.

The firms getting the contracts are basically renewing what they already had. They include Constructora MECO S.A., Constructora Hernán Solis S.R.L, Quebradores del Sur, S.A., Consorcio Orosi and CONANSA S.A,

The contracts expired in August but the work had not been completed. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that the contracts also were vital to provide emergency work for rain and flood damage this month and next.

Heredia officials will open this, Calle el Guayabal, today after extensive work to stabilize the slope for the benefit of those living above. The slope has been covered with concrete and metal spikes driven in to prevent slippage. This is a principal access to Heredia that carries up to 4,000 cars a day. The job cost 300 million colons or about $550,000.

Heredia officials will open this, Calle el Guayabal, today after extensive work to stabilize the slope for the benefit of those living above. The slope has been covered with concrete and metal spikes driven in to prevent slippage. This is a principal access to Heredia that carries up to 4,000 cars a day. The job cost 300 million colons or about $550,000.

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