President Luis Guillermo Solís conducted an inspection of the current gravel road to Monteverde along with officials from the Public Works and Transport Ministry and the National Roadway Council on Friday, June 7.
(Courtesy of Casa Presidencial)
The 17.5-kilometer stretch of Route 606 between Guacimal and Santa Elena, Monteverde is slated for completion in September 2018.
On June 7, crews were busy discarding debris from the demolished fifth floor of the hotel.
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The Culture Ministry on Wednesday evening issued a statement saying that the only visible change at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica will be its color.
The Legislative Assembly approved higher fines ranging from ₡51,316 to ₡306,850 ($89-$533) that will take effect as soon as they are published in the official newspaper La Gaceta.
The highest fines of ₡306,850 ($533) will apply for drivers who refuse to take a breathalyzer test or for owners of vehicles causing noise above the allowed decibel limit.
National Tourism Chamber leaders say there are more than 100 companies offering ziplining —canopy— tours here, and that the court ruling will hurt Costa Rica’s image as an adventure tourism destination.
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The patent holder wants the owners of all canopy businesses operating in Costa Rica to apply for a license. He plans to collect royalties from canopy tours of $15 for every foreign tourist and $10 for locals.
A consulting firm projects a demand of 7.8 million passengers for the first year of operation and of 50 million by the end of the century.
(Via Casa Presidencial)
The project spans 1,500-hectares, representing almost eight times the area of the SJO airport.
MOPT crews will paint lines and repair bumps along a 30-kilometer stretch of Route 32.
Traffic Police officials will completely close off a stretch of Route 32 between San José and Río Frío.
San José is on the verge of beating rainfall records that have stood for 15 years.
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The seventh tropical wave of the year is to blame for heavy showers over most of Costa Rica. Downpours flooded streets in San José and Heredia on Monday.
Landslides on May 25 damaged roads, aqueducts and crops, and killed livestock, in Viejo Arenal, Nuevo Arenal and Tronadora de Tilarán.
The National Emergency Commission evacuated eight families on Thursday . Mud and debris from the landslides damaged their homes, but the families are safe and healthy.
All six lanes of the bridge were opened shortly after noon on Wednesday.
Repairs to La Platina bridge have cost taxpayers a total of ¢9.4 billion ($16.2 million) since 2009.
Meteorologists recorded accumulated rainfall levels between 30 and 60 liters per square meter in various regions of Costa Rica on Wednesday.
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The IMN also advised caution for people near rivers in the surroundings of the Poás, Turrialba and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes, as higher waters could carry materials accumulated from recent eruptions.