Anxious residents of the Carrillo area are starting to use a new bridge over the Río Ora, even though construction is not complete.
The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad and the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes issued a warning Thursday. The agencies said that the bridge deck has been installed but that some safety measures such as fencing along the rails have not yet been done. In all, the bridge is 90 percent complete, said the statement.
The bridge is of the temporary bailey type. Costa Rican designers call it a Mabey bridge after the firm that supplies the bridge parts, Mabey, Inc.
Including the cost of the bridge and the site work to install it, the total is 640 million colons, about $1.2 million.
The two agencies said that traveling on the bridge before completion is dangerous and that motorists should refrain from doing that.