More elevators to go into service at bridges for pedestrians

elevator020915Two sets of elevators go into service this week and next at pedestrian bridges over major highways. One bridge is at Quesada Duran over the Circunvalación, and the other is at San Diego de La Unión over the Florencio del Castillo highway.

Next month two more sets of elevators will go into service. One set will be at the pedestrian bridge in Sabana Norte. The other will be in Hatillo 5 at the Circunvalación.

The elevators bring the bridges into compliance with a law providing equal access to the disabled. In the case of an existing set of elevators at Hospital México, those getting help are the temporarily disabled, those seeking medical attention, or perhaps woman with carriages.

The elevators are a $2.4 million project, and the installations also solve a public security situation.

The bridge over the Autopista General Cañas at Hospital México has been a favorite for robbers. Victims are trapped on the bridge when confronted by crooks. Now there are multiple cameras both inside and outside the elevators.

Officials with the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that future bridges will have ramps designed to avoid the expense of elevators. At the existing bridges there is no space for ramps, they added.

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