Published Friday, March 26 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The $19.5 million investment comes in the shape of a new overpass highway, which was inaugurated in Guadalupe Canton, San José Province.
The overpass was built by the Spanish construction company Puentes y Calzadas Grupo and financed with a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, CABEI.
“For CABEI, it is a great satisfaction to be part of this project which was managed in a year of economic crisis, generating jobs and now the well quality of life for the thousands of drivers who will enjoy the new overpass in Guadalupe as one of the complementary constructions of what will be the highway megaproject of Circunvalación Norte (referring to the traffic circle in Zapote District), which is also financed by CABEI,” Mauricio Chacón, representative of the bank said.
On the new four-lane overpass highway, approximately 50,000 drivers circulate daily with an average speed of about 49 mph.
The overpass, almost 800 meters long, connects to the south with a second overpass located in Zapote District. It includes a crossing regulated by traffic lights, four lanes (two in each direction) to allow vehicles to move smoothly.
In the upper part, the traffic is regulated with a traffic circle, with space for two lanes in each direction to allow access to the surrounding towns. It includes sidewalks on both sides, bus zones, a pedestrian bridge, and expanded culverts that were built over the Torres River.
According to Rodolfo Méndez, Minister of Transportation, modern roads such as this new overpass in Guadalupe and the new road infrastructure in Zapote will help relieve traffic issues in the area.
“We are also close to beginning the works (referring to road’s improvements) at the crossings of the Hatillos districts to remove all these obstacles and have a smooth vehicle transit on Route 39,” Mendez said.
The virtual inauguration of the Guadalupe overpass highway can be seen on President Carlos Alvarado’s Facebook page.
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