New Street Addresses Slow in Coming

May 26, 2006

Correos de Costa Rica, the country’s postal service, is slowly advancing on a project to give Costa Rica’s streets and buildings new designations, but the new addresses won’t be in use anytime soon, officials told The Tico Times this week.

The postal service estimates that it will take Costa Ricans more than a decade to change from the current system of giving directions that reference landmarks, some of which disappeared years ago.

The new addresses will have three parts: avenue, street and number of meters from the corner where those roads intersect to the front door of the building (TT, July 8, 2005).

The new address project was launched in 2003 and became official late last year through a decree.

The plan is for municipalities to put up signs on streets corners, and for home and building owners to put up their own address plaques, according to the daily La Nación. Labeling the street corners of San José is expected to cost about $1 million.

Correos has already worked out the addresses of 400,000 buildings, but the postal service predicts – based on the experiences of other nations – that it will take 10 to 15 years for Ticos to begin using the new system regularly, said Geovanni Campos, chief of distribution for Correos de Costa Rica, in an e-mail to The Tico Times.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Costa Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens
Costa Rica
2430 views
Costa Rica
2430 views

Costa Rica confirms measles cases in children of United States citizens

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 21, 2019

Costa Rica is enacting a National Surveillance Protocol after confirming two cases of measles, the Health Ministry announced Thursday afternoon.…

Priest accused of sexual abuse arrested trying to leave Costa Rica
Costa Rica
1247 views
Costa Rica
1247 views

Priest accused of sexual abuse arrested trying to leave Costa Rica

AFP and The Tico Times - March 21, 2019

A Costa Rican Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse of a minor was arrested Thursday as he tried to leave…

Construction to begin on new terminal at Limón Airport
Costa Rica
703 views
Costa Rica
703 views

Construction to begin on new terminal at Limón Airport

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 21, 2019

The airport in Limón will soon have a modern passenger terminal and is slated to receive several other upgrades as…