Government seeks to revamp and rename road agency

The executive branch presented a proposed law Tuesday that would eliminate the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad and replace it with a new road maintenance agency called the Instituto Nacional de Infraestructura.

Eliminating the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad was a campaign promise of President Luis Guillermo Solís.

The proposal as described by Casa Presidencial says that those working for various agencies of the Consejo would be assumed into the new Instituto Nacional.

The Consejo, an agency of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, has gotten much of the blame for deteriorating roads and bridges.

The proposal would take the Instituto Nacional out of the control of the transport ministry, which would be relegated to planning new projects and overseeing their construction. The new institute would manage the roadways once they are built, according to the plan.

The bill also creates a council within the public works ministry for citizens to watch over new highway projects.

The proposal also creates more flexibility for the ministry to set up trust funds to finance transportation projects.  The execution of the bill, if passed by the legislature, will show if this is more than just a change in name.

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