Highway to Caldera Delayed Again

April 20, 2007

Construction of the new, and highly touted road linking Ciudad Colón, in the west Central Valley, to the central Pacific port of Caldera, due to begin construction five years ago, has stalled yet again.

The highway, whose plans were drawn more than 30 years ago, and whose five principal bridges were completed in 2004, would measure 77 kilometers and cut one-half hour from the drive time required from San José to the Pacific coast, thereby alleviating much of the traffic on the heavily-used and mountainous route between San José and Orotina (TT, Feb. 24, 2006).

According to the daily La Nación, administrative delays in obtaining funding and loan security from credit banks have again delayed the permit process for Autopistas del Sol, the Spanish-Tico-Portuguese company that has a concession contract to complete and maintain the highway.

Luis Diego Vargas, in charge of government concessions, stated that an addendum to the original $200 million contract is in process, and would hopefully be complete within four weeks, at which point construction could initiate.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

A pilgrimage for a saint: El Salvador mourns
Central America
286 views
Central America
286 views

A pilgrimage for a saint: El Salvador mourns

AFP - March 25, 2019

Hundreds of Salvadorans paid tribute this weekend to their first saint, San Salvador Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, murdered 39 years…

News
228 views

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: March 25, 2019

Alexander Villegas - March 25, 2019

An indigenous land rights leader was murdered in his home, four cases of measles detected in Costa Rica and La…

Costa Rica Treatment Center tackles addiction differently
Costa Rica
454 views
Costa Rica
454 views

Costa Rica Treatment Center tackles addiction differently

The Tico Times - March 25, 2019

Costa Rica Treatment Center tackles addiction differently. While most drug and alcohol rehab centers shelter their clients from external stimuli,…