Ruta 31 is closed to traffic yet again

Rains caused more slides on troubled Ruta 32 north of San José Sunday. Officials closed the key roadway in both directions at 3 p.m. and promised that machinery would be brought into the area early today.

The slide happened some 32 kilometers from San José, and there were other slides reported farther to the north.

This the key link between the capital, the northern zone and the Caribbean coast.

Ruta 32 in many places is basically a shelf road with towering cliffs on the west side and a steep dropoff to the east. Highway officials have promised a redesign and mitigation of the problem. The highway frequently is closed when there are heavy rains.

A lengthy and less direct route usually is open through Turrialba.

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