San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Tolls Reopen on Road to Alajuela

AS of last week, drivers headingnorthwest out of San José to Alajuela onthe General Cañas highway have to paytolls again after a two-month breakprompted by an accident that damagedone of the toll booths.Toll collection resumed Oct. 18 afterrepairs were made by Constructora ShaanS.A. at a cost of ¢12.8 million ($26,000),according to the National RoadwayCouncil (CONAVI).The tollbooths were closed Aug. 26when a truck crashed into one booth,causing structural damage, the daily LaNación reported.CONAVI estimates it receives approximately¢2.1 million ($4,300) per dayfrom the booths, meaning that the 52 daysthe tolls were closed created a shortfall of¢109 million ($223,000).To avoid another accident, protectivebarriers were built. CONAVI is takinglegal actions against the vehicle ownerwho caused the accident to recover constructioncosts, La Nación reported.

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