The expansion from two to four lanes a 107-kilometer stretch of Route 32, the main road to the Caribbean region, is finally moving forward after the Comptroller General’s Office approved the project’s contract.
If you're planning to travel from San José to the Caribbean this weekend, or vice versa, you'll need to find an alternative to Route 32.
The Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters reported that the highway closure increased transport expenses for its associates by up to 30 percent.
On Saturday police will start regulating traffic on a stretch of Route 32, which connects San José and the Caribbean province of Limón, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., after having suspended temporary closures on this highway on Friday.
Prior to the project’s approval by the Legislative Assembly in February various professional and business groups warned that changes to the project would be needed and that those changes would inflate the price tag.
Some have voiced concerns about the project’s final price tag, specifically the cost of expropriating land for the expansion. The bill must now be signed by President Luis Guillermo Solís before becoming law.
The loan comes with the condition that the project be developed entirely by a Chinese firm using only Chinese workers.
The administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís is moving to expedite approval of a Chinese loan to fund the expansion of Costa Rica's Route 32, the main highway connecting San José and the Caribbean province of Limón.
A tropical rainstorm triggered a landslide on Costa Rica's Route 32 between San José and the Caribbean port of Limón at approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday, officials from the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) reported. According to MOPT's website, the road is completely blocked and no vehicles are able to pass.
Costa Rica will send China a new proposal by the end of the month for a revised contract to expand Route 32, which connects San José with the country's Caribbean port city of Limón, Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Segnini said Tuesday.
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