-Published: Thursday, October 31, 2019-
The access road to the new Walmart store was not authorized by the Ministry of Transportation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Access to the property where the new Walmart store will be built in the district of Los Lagos in the province of Heredia was not authorized by the Directorate of Traffic Engineering of the Ministry of Transportation because it does not meet the technical requirements, said the ministry
According to Jorge Cardoza, the specialist at the ministry, the access permit has not been granted because "it is not possible, from the technical and road safety point of view, to authorize all the road maneuvers that the company has proposed in the processing of property access permits."
The land on which the store is intended to be built has very particular characteristics that make it impossible to give authorization, including for a turn to the left, as proposed by the company, said the ministry.
According to the ministry, access can only be authorized with the right turn.
"The access has a much greater degree of complexity because it is on a route that has a reversible lane, creating a left turn towards the supermarket will generate a road risk of conflict that can cause traffic accidents," said Cardoza.
According to the ministry, the specialists already offered Walmart representatives the option to present the project only with a right turn. However, the company wants to have the left turn access.
For that reason, the authorization of access to the area where the store will be built has not been approved, said the ministry.
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