Public works begins new bridge project

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Public works is moving in to work on the Río Virilla bridge except this one is not the recently-completed Alfredo González Flores bridge for the General Cañas highway. This is a completely new one.

According to a statement issued by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, the new bridge will be a part of Ruta 147 between Santa Ana and Belén. Some expats may already know that there is already a bridge located there but a new two-lane structure adjacent to the original is the project in mind.

Carlos Villalta, the public works head, said that this project is expected to cost at least $8.5 million with the money coming from the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica. Meanwhile, the United Nations Office for Project Services will be administering the work, officials said.

Work is already underway for the opening salvos needed to construct the bridge and the ministry intends to have a structure starting to form in about seven months. The bridge will have two lanes, an internal and external shoulder as well as room for sidewalks. Villalta stressed that this project, unlike the platina bridge, will have little to no effect on regular traffic except in a few instances where machinery needs to be moved or parts placed on the bridge.

This bridge is supposed to yield some relief to the congested traffic experienced in that area during peak hours, the ministry said. In addition to the bridge, the final designs for the expansion of the five-lane Santa Ana radial are being finalized. The expected total investment will be $34 million, the ministry said.

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