Major Roads to Caribbean and Pacific Closed

October 11, 2010

Route 32, the highway connecting San José with Costa Rica’s Caribbean port of Limón, will be closed until Thursday, the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) announced over the weekend. 

A statement from CONAVI said workers will use the three-day closure to ensure that the steep slopes above the roadway that cuts through the Braulio Carrillo National Park are secured against potential landslides.

From Monday through Wednesday, a group of geologists and engineers will be working on the road to identify and stabilize areas that could be susceptible to landslides or falling rocks. Traffic between San José and Limón will be rerouted through Cartago and Turrialba. CONAVI expects to reopen Route 32 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the new highway connecting travelers from the capital city to the Pacific port city of Caldera remained shut through the weekend, despite announcements last week it would reopen following bridge construction. 

The highway was shut after landslides occurred in the rainstorms that battered Costa Rica at the end of September.

Motorists heading to the Pacific coast have been using the old route, known as Montes del Aguacate, which passes through the towns of Atenas and Orotina.

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