Work has begun in Tibás to demolish structures that are in the route of the Circunvalación Norte.
The $147 million project will link the end of the highway now in La Uruca to Ruta 32, which leads to points east. Heavy trucks bound for Limón and the docks there will not have to travel through other parts of the capital.
The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that demolition begins with 103 structures that are on government property. Many have been occupied by squatters, who have been removed. There are other properties under private ownership that are being expropriated. The ministry said that it expects 80 percent of the properties to be in government hands in a few months.
The biggest population center is the Triángulo de Solidaridad, which is a low-income area. Residents there are expected to be moved next month with the help of the various social agencies.