Police pick up where sewer workers left a mess for motorists

Policía de Tránsito officers were forced to go beyond the usual duties Wednesday. They rolled their sleeves and used shovels in order to allow more cars to pass through the site of sewer works taking place in San José.

According to one of the officers, a crew of the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados stopped work around 2 p.m and left the place messed up, so police had no choice but to remove dirt and debris to clear a path to the already congested traffic.

“When I arrived here, the AyA workers had already left, and now we are trying to control the chaos.” an officer said.

Works in the sewer started Tuesday in order to replace an older and weakened brick retaining wall and to build one made of concrete. This work will take place until Friday. The intersection at Avenida 9 and Calle 3 will continue to be closed, according to a press release by AyA. The water company also promised incorrectly that work would continue 24 hours a day.

“Our officers are trying to help as much as possible to ease the traffic. We’ve deployed eight in the area. People are already avoiding this route, something we have been encouraging.” said Felipe Venegas, subdirector of police operations. Despite the construction, a single lane of cars has been able to navigate the site.  This is one of the major east-west roads in the city.

Venegas also said that a few minor collisions happened and asked drivers to keep their cool and not become irate.

A traffic officer tries to clear away some of the dirt that a water company crew left scattered at a key intersection when leaving work Wednesday. Motorists report that driving in the capital is a hair-pulling affair because the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados made no provisions for detouring traffic away from the job site. The site is blocking a key city street that carries thousands of vehicles a day.

A traffic officer tries to clear away some of the dirt that a water company crew left scattered at a key intersection when leaving work Wednesday.
Motorists report that driving in the capital is a hair-pulling affair because the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados made no provisions for detouring traffic away from the job site.
The site is blocking a key city street that carries thousands of vehicles a day.

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