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Costa Rica's Pacific Coast highway changes lanes on Sundays

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Published on Thursday, March 21, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Due to Holy Week, Highway Route #27, which connects the Pacific Coast and San José, will reverse the driving direction of some lanes for two Sundays, March 24 and 31, announced the Ministry of Public Transport.

This year's seven-day Catholic celebration begins on Palm Sunday, March 24, commemorating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and ends on Sunday, March 31, commemorating Jesus' resurrection, known as Easter Sunday.

The goal is to improve the flow of vehicles to the capital for those returning from the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas after a brief vacation break over the holidays.

All available lanes between the Pozon Canton toll in Alajuela Province and the Ciudad Colón toll in San José Province will go towards San José, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Closures will start one hour before the effective time and will end one hour later, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The maximum speed allowed will be 37 mph.

Drivers who travel on the opposite way, from San José to the Pacific Coast during the route reverse schedule, must do so by one of the three optional routes:


  • Route 3 from the Alajuela Province cantons of Atenas later connects to Orotina and then Route 27 in Puntarenas Province.                          

Authorities warn drivers to consider this schedule when planning their trip in one direction or another.

For an updated status of the route or to request assistance call the traffic police control center line 2588-4040.


What problems have you heard about expats on lane reversal days on Route 27?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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