Travel Alert: Washed-out lane on Inter-American Highway South could be fixed in four weeks
Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) officials on Thursday will present the results of a study aimed at providing a solution to the reopening a stretch of the Inter-American Highway South that was washed out in a landslide on Jan. 29, in an area known as the “Cerro de la Muerte.”
MOPT Director of Emergencies David Meléndez said those studies will determine if it is feasible to open a new lane through the mountain’s slope to enable the passage of vehicles.
“Geological and hydraulic studies sought to determine the current status of the slope so that we can calculate how far we can go with a new lane though the mountain’s wall to expand the road,” Meléndez said.
Experts from the National Roadway Council said it would take at least four weeks to reopen passage on the route, while MOPT’s staff conduct geophysical studies and move forward with construction of a new lane.
According to a report by the University of Costa Rica’s National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models, that stretch of road has at least eight vulnerable points, and there is still a risk of more landslides if weather conditions and heavy rainfall affect the soil.
The collapse of the water-saturated terrain from constant rains completely demolished the outside lane of the highway, and a motorcycle and a car “fell into” the landslide, according to officials. The drivers were unharmed.
For now, motorists needing to travel to the Southern Zone must continue using alternate routes through the communities of Aserrí and Desamparados in San José, and through Corralillo in Cartago. This detour extends travel on average by one hour, MOPT reported.
You may be interested
Puerto Viejo Deep Dive: Speeding on Route 256 killing animals, reshaping mobilityDuncan Anderson - January 24, 2019
PUERTO VIEJO, Limón — Upgrades to Route 256 in Limón, the main road stretching 20 kilometers through several South-Caribbean tourist towns,…
Costa Rica recognizes Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela; Maduro severs ties with US, expels diplomatsAlexander Villegas and AFP - January 23, 2019
Costa Rica recognized Juan Guaidó as the president of Venezuela. Guaidó, the head of Venezuela’s national assembly, declared himself acting…
Uber: Proposed law a start, but ‘far from a proposal that encourages innovation’Alejandro Zúñiga - January 23, 2019
Uber on Wednesday issued a press release criticizing the Costa Rican government's proposed law that would formally legalize ride-sharing platforms…