The Ruta 32 bridge over the Río Chirripó is not in bad shape no matter what Japanese experts say, according to the national road agency.
A release deplored alarmist suggestions that the bridge might collapse.
The highway is a key link between San José and Limón.
The Japanese Agency for International Cooperation included the bridge in a list of structures that needed immediate repair. But the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad disputes that assessment.
The road agency said that the Río Chirripó is monitored continually. The highway carries most of the heavy truck traffic headed for and from the Central Valley and points south.
A report last week from the Contraloría General de la República said that the country was way behind in maintaining all bridges. Japanese experts surveyed anumber of the nation’s bridges but the report basically was shelved.