There are plenty of reasons to stay off downtown streets today

Today may be a holiday for some, but police started closing down streets early today in anticipation of a morning march and the 6 p.m. speech by President Luis Guillermo Solís. This is a state of the union address, and the audience includes the diplomatic corps.

The traffic police and the Fuerza Pública will be tested by the workers parade, starting around 9:30 a.m. in the western reaches of Avenida 2. The march will end at the legislative complex.

During the day lawmakers will be electing legislative leaders for the next year, and the successful candidate might indicate if the president’s massive package of new taxes will be approved. The new legislative president has a lot of power to assign various bills to committees. The presidential address will be televised.

The Policía de Tránsito also said that they were covering principal vacation routes because many Central Valley residents are taking advantage of the three-day weekend.

Expats probably should plan on avoiding the downtown today and into the evening. The legislative area from the Museo Nacional to the Biblioteca Nacional will be closed all day. These are key routes. Avenida 2 usually is open to normal traffic after 2 p.m. or so as marchers reach the legislature.

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