MOPT agrees to Additional Funding for Caldera Highway
The $230 million highway that would link San José and the Pacific port of Caldera via Ciudad Colón, delayed for almost 30 years, is now one step closer to fruition, according to a statement from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT).
The ministry recently recognized the need for a $72 million addition in the budget to Autopistas del Sol, the Spanish-Tico-Portuguese company that holds the concession contract to complete and maintain the highway. The new budget, up from $158 million agreed on six years ago, accounts for inflation and the recent rise in prices of construction materials, according to the daily La Nación.
The additional funding will also account for further safety improvements on the highway, including better illumination and signing, and design features such as functioning drainage ditches, top-quality pavement and stabilization barriers that would prevent mudslides.
The ministry also extended the time it would grant the company to construct the road, from 24 months to 30, to account for the improvements.
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 onehalf hour from the drive time required to reach the Pacific coast from the country’s Central Valley, thereby relieving pressure on the existing heavily trafficked road (TT, April 20).
You may be interested
In context: Costa Rica’s struggles with indigenous land rightsThe Tico Times - March 19, 2019
Sergio Rojas, a leader of the Bribrí community in Costa Rica, was murdered Monday night in the indigenous territory of…
‘A tragic day for the Bribrí people’ as leader Sergio Rojas is killedAlejandro Zúñiga - March 19, 2019
Sergio Rojas, a leader of the indigenous Bribrí community in Costa Rica, was murdered Monday night, the government confirmed. Rojas…
This week in the Peace Corps: Sports for youth developmentSusan W. / Peace Corps Volunteer - March 19, 2019
Some rural communities struggle with lack of resources and recreational activities. In my experience, the majority of the people in…