• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Amid Holy Week traffic, four highways temporarily waive toll fees

April 12, 2017

Toll stations at four of the main highways connecting San José with other provinces will stop collecting tolls at noon on Thursday and will resume at 6 a.m. on Saturday, the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) confirmed.

The decision seeks to ease traffic flows of vacationers taking advantage of time off for Holy Week.

Government-run tolls administered by CONAVI will stop collecting at toll stations on the General Cañas, Bernardo Soto, and the Interamericana Norte highways on Route 1; the Florencio del Castillo highway (Route 2) that connects the capital with the province of Cartago; and the Braulio Carrillo highway, or Route 32, which connects San José with the Caribbean province of Limón.

On Wednesday morning, the Traffic Police reported an increase in vehicles and traffic jams at several stretches along all main routes to coastal provinces.

Check a live traffic map:

Road surveillance

The Traffic Police launched a special operation last weekend to regulate traffic along these and other highways, including Route 27, one of the main roads connecting San José with the Pacific province of Puntarenas.

A total of 743 officers are conducting surveillance operations at checkpoints along the roads to the most popular tourist destinations, including 122 speed checkpoints and 20 alcohol control points across the country.

Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón said in a news release that alcohol consumption has always being a problem during Holy Week, as many reckless motorists drive under the influence.

“It’s worse now that only a few municipalities are enforcing a dry law, and even worse in coastal areas,” he said.

Calderón also said that the operation does not mean that police will reduce surveillance in the metropolitan area.

“Many people stay in the Central Valley. Some attend processions, go to the malls, or go on one-day trips at nearby sites, and we’ll be there too,” he said.

He noted that there were not any deaths in traffic accidents in the metropolitan area during last year’s Holy Week.

You may be interested

5 healthy ways to improve your garden’s soil in Costa Rica
Environment and Wildlife
3528 views
Environment and Wildlife
3528 views

5 healthy ways to improve your garden’s soil in Costa Rica

Ed Bernhardt - May 15, 2021

There’s a lot of truth in the phrase “healthy soils create healthy people.”  In our modern world, most of the…

Guide to Hiking in Rincón de la Vieja National Park
Hiking
3 views
Hiking
3 views

Guide to Hiking in Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Tico Times - May 15, 2021

In northwestern Costa Rica is the beautiful Guanacaste province, most often talked about for its white-sand, pristine beaches. However, within…

Saprssia vs. Alajuelense will be one of two soccer semifinals
Costa Rica
7 views
Costa Rica
7 views

Saprssia vs. Alajuelense will be one of two soccer semifinals

AFP and The Tico Times - May 15, 2021

The Costa Rican soccer classic between Liga Deportiva Alajuelense and Deportivo Saprissa will headline the semifinals of the 2021 Clausura…

The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate