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Another closing of a Virilla bridge lane

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Only one lane will be available to use on the General Cañas autopista over the Río Virilla for at least a day.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes made the announcement Thursday that beginning this Sunday at 6 a.m. until the following Monday morning at 4 a.m., all passage on the lane currently in service will be shut down.

Officials said that a few seismic blocks along with cables needs to be placed on the road to absorb the impact of the traffic movement on the bridge. The cables absorb some of the tension to relieve the structure of the platina, as the bridge is commonly referred to.

In total, six of these blocks will be placed deep underground to create a concrete structure to take the hits of the construction work and vehicles using the bridge. The other lane going towards Alajuela will remain open but only for that direction, officials said.

The public works ministry does not anticipate too many problems with this closing as it is on a Sunday when traffic is normally light. The ministry suggested that users have the option of the two lanes available at a bridge further east.

This one, between the Pozuelo cookie factory in La Uruca and the Jardines del Recuerdo, has been undergoing a four-lane extension and the installation of sidewalks, pedestrian railing and a central curb separating traffic. According to officials, this bridge is expected to be completed by March 7.

The public works ministry closed the eastbound bridge lanes of the platina for six weeks for construction back in January. The normally four-lane bridge has been restricted to two lanes for either direction.



Circunvalación is being closed, too

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Get ready for more road construction as the public works ministry announced that the Ruta Nacional 39 and the roundabout at Guacamaya will be shut down beginning tonight at 10.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad contracted work to be completed on the Circunvalación and the accesses to the roundabout from 10 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. This construction work will be repeated again at 10 p.m. Saturday and go until Sunday at 9 a.m., according to officials.

The Circunvalación is the multi-lane bypass that now runs from La Uruca south of the metro area to San Pedro. It has undergone extensive construction work in the past couple years to clear out the bottleneck that sometimes is a usable metaphor for the traffic situation there.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that the closure is necessary for putting signs up along the overpass alerting vehicles the maximum height allowed.

The ministry said that traffic will be diverted at the WalMart in San Sebastián for those going east and at the Mega-Super market near Parque de la Paz for those going west. Detours for roundabout users will be at the junctions of Ruta 213 and Calle 5, officials said.


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