That blunder by drivers of trucks loaded with asphalt is costing the country $257,000. That is the price the transport ministry’s new bridge cost over the Río Cataratas on Ruta 702 between San Ramón and La Fortuna.
Two weeks ago on Nov. 12 drivers of two 35-ton dump trucks tried to cross a temporary bailey span at the same time. The bridge collapsed because the trucks totaled about double the weight limit.
The route is considered a key access to the northern zone, and persons in the tourism industry were concerned. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte said the new bailey bridge installed on the spot was to be opened Wednesday afternoon.
There are about 100 bailey bridges in use in the country, although they are designed as temporary fixes.