By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The new four-lane bridge at Sixaola is expected to make major changes
in the sleepy Caribbean coast and in the adjacent northern Panamá
The bridge will be part of what is called the Red Internacional
de Carreteras Mesoamericanas, which is a regional integration project
promoted by México. This is why México is investing $10
million in building the new bridge.
An announcement Tuesday about the start of construction said that the
bridge would contribute to an integrated, economical, secure and
efficient transportation system.
Costa Rica is putting up $5 million for the project. The temporary
bailey bridge will be replaced.
Transport officials noted Monday that some of the wood decking of the
existing pedestrian bridge has been replaced. This is the old rail
bridge that was built in 1908. Until recently, the converted rail
bridge was the only one and carried motor transport, too.
The current bailey bridge is 244 meters (800 feet) long.
|The new bridge is part of
the Proyecto de Integración y Desarrollo
de Mesoamérica to strengthen an Atlantic corridor. Officials
will result in economic and social development.
Initially the new bridge will benefit about 20,000 persons living in
The bridge project was announced in early March. A release Tuesday from
the Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el
outlined some of the anticipated impacts.
The project has been 10 years in planning. The construction will take
about 28 months.
The potential impact has to be viewed as part of a larger picture that
includes two major container-handling facilities in Moín to the
and the Las Tablillas border post that opened in northern Costa Rica
In addition, there is renewed effort in Panamá for constructing
link through the Darien Gap jungle. This would unite North and South
The province of Limón is among the country's poorest, and the
southern part is mostly dependent on tourism and agriculture.