Collapsed bridge causes daily losses of $1.5 million

November 7, 2012

Official figures released Wednesday by the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) say the fallen bridge on the General Cañas Highway mean daily losses of $1.5 million for the country.

That amount is determined by taking into account losses by the government, private businesses and citizens.

Experts from the University of Costa Rica’s Structural Materials and Models National Laboratory held MOPT responsible for the collapsed Bailey bridge, saying those types of bridges “are a temporary solution for two months maximum, and this one has been functioning for four.”

Also on Wednesday, Communications Minister Francisco Chacón announced a series of measures such as the suspension Friday and Monday of school classes in several cantons in the provinces of Alajuela, Heredia and San José. Chacón said repairs would be carried out 24 hours a day to re-establish transit through the area by next Tuesday.

To help with traffic congestion, Traffic police assigned 150 officers to the highway and on alternate routes. The measures were outlined during a meeting with President Laura Chinchilla.

Schools that will suspend classes on Friday and Monday include:

In San José Central Canton: Merced, Catedral, Hospital, Carmen, Uruca, Pavas and Mata Redonda districts.

Elsewhere in San José: cantons of Escazú, Santa Ana and Tibás.

In Alajuela: central canton.

In Heredia: central canton, Santo Domingo, San Pablo and Belén.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

The planet loses 40 soccer fields worth of forests every minute
Climate Change
307 views
Climate Change
307 views

The planet loses 40 soccer fields worth of forests every minute

Michelle Soto / Latin Clima - March 24, 2019

In just 10 years the planet has lost 945,345 km2 of natural forests, a little over the total size of…

Slothy Sunday: The death grip
Environment & Wildlife
294 views
Environment & Wildlife
294 views

Slothy Sunday: The death grip

The Tico Times - March 24, 2019

With their long claws and strong muscles, sloths have a powerful grip. Their bodies are so conditioned to hanging from…

Costa Rica issues invitation to Commission on Human Rights following murder of Bribrí leader
Costa Rica
1179 views
Costa Rica
1179 views

Costa Rica issues invitation to Commission on Human Rights following murder of Bribrí leader

AFP and The Tico Times - March 23, 2019

Costa Rica on Friday invited the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit indigenous territories in the country’s southern…