Road agency gets strong criticism from watchdog

The nation’s road and highway agency received strong criticism Tuesday from the Contraloría General de la Republicá.

The budget watchdog said that the agency, the  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, lacked a system of administration, which was the reason it was created in the first place.

The Contraloría monitors the work of government agencies.

Costa Rica is ranked 115th of 140 countries in the state of its highways, said the Contraloría. Despite receiving a lot of money each year, the Consejo shows serious weaknesses, said the summary of the report.

This is not a new criticism. President Luis Guillermo Solís, in his campaign, promised to eliminate the consejo. But when he got into office he found out that this was more difficult than he thought.

The Contraloría said its study showed that the consejo was not well coordinated and that it was executing highway projects without the required administration.

The report said that highway projects were being done without a technical basis that would optimize the public investment.

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