For those stuck in traffic jams each day there is a little hope.
The mid-year vacation begins Friday evening and runs until July 17. This is a time when traffic lessens in the Central Valley because many workers take time off the same period their school children have theirs.
Traffic has become a major concern, so much so that the Ministerio de Salud said Monday that it was authorizing all its employees who could do so to work from home.
This is about the fourth announcement in as many years that public employees would be working from home. This is called teletrabajo, and the ministry has set up a commission to supervise it. Employees who have jobs that are teletrabajables will be able to work from home, said the ministry.
The Policía de Tránsito said that its 744 officers will be placed in strategic locations for the mid-year holiday. That means Jacó, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Tamarindo, Playas del Coco, Sámara and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, said the agency. There also will be mandatory checkpoints. They will be looking for speeders and drunk drivers, said an announcement.
The Central Valley traffic jams have become a major political issue, and so far there are not major plans to solve the situation. The vacation will give traffic engineers time to sort out the problem.