Road agency expects slow going at Paso Ancho overpass worksite

Workman measures a hole that has been drilled to accommodate a concrete piling for a new bridge.

Workman measures a hole that has been drilled to accommodate a concrete piling for a new bridge.

The word for motorists using the Circunvalación is patience because the stretch at Paso Ancho continues to be a bottleneck.

Contractors are building an overpass above the existing traffic circle, which has been a bottleneck in its own right. This is the circle commonly known as Guacamaya because of the adjacent auto parts businesses of that name.

This is $10 million job and is similar to the overpasses built at Y-Griega and San Sebastán.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad reports that workmen are about 25 percent along in drilling and installing concrete pilings for the six-lane bridge structure.

The Circunvalación is the multi-lane bypass that now runs from La Uruca south of the metro area to San Pedro. Plans are underway to build a northern loop that will connect with Ruta 32, the Limón highway.

The road agency said that regardless of the construction activities there always will be one lane open for traffic.  The bridge itself will be 410 meters, some 1,345 feet. Financing is by the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

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