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The old rail bridge and the bailey bridge span the Rio Sixaola side by side.
New Sixaola bridge to generate massive changes
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 hope this will result in economic and social development.

Initially the new bridge will benefit about 20,000 persons living in the area.

The bridge project was announced in early March. A release Tuesday from the  Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo 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 north and the Las Tablillas border post that opened in northern Costa Rica this month.
In addition, there is renewed effort in Panamá for constructing a road link through the Darien Gap jungle. This would unite North and South America.

The province of Limón is among the country's poorest, and the southern part is mostly dependent on tourism and agriculture.

Flurry of quakes takes place not far from volcano
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An unusual  cluster of  moderate earthquakes took place over two days west of the Volcán Irazú, according to the Red Sismológica Nacional.

A report listed 24 quakes between 4.8 and 2.3 magnitude from 8:19 p.m. Monday and 7:09 a.m. Tuesday.

The earthquake agency attributed the quakes to a local fault. The 10-kilometer fault is well known and even has a name, Lara. The location is north of the central canton of Cartago.

The flurry would be of mostly academic interest if the locations were not so close to

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Blue and red dots are estimated epicenters.

the twin volcanos. Turrialba has been erupting periodically, and Irazú had a run of eruptions and emission of gas two years ago.

Panamá will seeks to renew expired immigration permissions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government of Panamá said it has established immigration controls and rules affecting foreigners living there with expired permissions.

The statement came along with an executive decree. The country started a process of giving foreigns who were illegal an

immigration status in 2010. By now these permissions have expired, the government noted.

The government said it recognized that many foreigners make major contributions to the country. And, it said, many of them do not fall into any of the categories established by immigration law. It promised a humane approach.

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