Planning on Traveling this Weekend? Here’s Your Weekend Outlook

November 12, 2010

Costa Rica is still recovering from Hurricane Tomás, which wreaked havoc across the nation. Highway closings were reported at 95 different locations, 20 bridges were damaged a state of emergency declared in 38 of 81 municipalities.
 
If you plan on traveling outside of San José this weekend, call ahead to see if the route is open. Otherwise, you may risk being stranded. Bus companies and hotels are often reliable sources for information on road closings.
 
As of Friday afternoon, The Tico Times can tell you:
 
The Inter-American Highway North is completely reopened, but expect delays from lane closures in front of Plaza Los Arcos (Kilometer 10); in front of the San Carlene Restaurant (Kilometer 28); and at kilometers 48 and 87.
 
Travelers heading south along the Inter-American Highway should also expect delays or periodic closures with ongoing mudslides and cleanup work. Southbound travel is open, but there may be delays. Trouble spots include kilometers 39, 128, 143, 188, 235 and 248.
 
The route between Pérez Zeledón and Dominical is open.
 
According to reports from Manuel Antonio, there are no problems getting there, but the park is still closed in the afternoon. Traffic Police are reporting that the Parrita River bridge between Jaco and Manuel Antonio is closed to traffic between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The new Caldera Highway from San José to the Pacific coast remains open.
 
Passage to Poas Volcano is open, although the Traffic Police reports that the road has caved in near Sabana Redonda.  
 
At the moment, all travel to the Caribbean coast is clear.
 
Conditions change constantly in Costa Rica. For the most up-to-date closures, visit the Traffic Police or call 800-876-6248 (Spanish only.)

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