• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Bridge collapses at Puerto Jiménez

November 6, 2009

Part of a bridge that spans the Río Rincón in Puerto Jiménez, a fishing community and popular tourist destination in southwest Costa Rica´s Osa Peninsula, collapsed on Friday when a 95-ton crane attempted to cross it, the daily La Nacion reported.

According to the national daily, the 50-year-old bridge was only meant to support 35 tons.

The crane sustained severe damage to the cab, but the driver escaped unscathed. No injuries were reported.

Friday´s collapse came little more than two weeks after a bridge in Turrubares caved under the weight of a school bus carrying 38 passengers, which plunged into the Tárcoles River and claimed five lives. The Turrubares collapse lead to serious questions about the Public Works and Transport Ministry´s competence to maintain bridges and forced the resignation of ministry head Karla González.

In September, The National Emergency Commission (CNE) declared a “red alert” over the state of bridges in Costa Rica after a study revealed that dozens of the country´s river crossings were in potentially dangerous conditions.

National Roadway Council (CONAVI) press officials said that a new bridge is under construction, but for now the only access to Puerto Jiménez is by air or boat.

You may be interested

Costa Rica unemployment rate drops to 19%
Costa Rica
2539 views
Costa Rica
2539 views

Costa Rica unemployment rate drops to 19%

The Tico Times - March 4, 2021

Unemployment in Costa Rica fell to 19.1% in the moving quarter from November to January. This maintained a downward trend…

Throwback Thursday: 2006 Arenal Volcano lava flows
Arenal
4798 views
Arenal
4798 views

Throwback Thursday: 2006 Arenal Volcano lava flows

The Tico Times - March 4, 2021

Arenal Volcano's July 1968 eruption destroyed three small villages, killed 87 people and wiped out 232 square kilometers of crops…

MOPT warns of higher traffic accidents as measures are eased
Costa Rica
1330 views
Costa Rica
1330 views

MOPT warns of higher traffic accidents as measures are eased

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 4, 2021

The Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) is reminding drivers to follow the rules of the road when traveling this…