Work began this week on the expansion of the highway and the construction of a traffic circle in Betania District potentially causing more traffic jams
for at least the next three months. - Ministry of Public Transport photo -
Published Tuesday, June 8, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Work began this week on the expansion of the highway and the construction of a traffic circle, known as Rotonda de La Bandera, in Betania District, San Josť Province, potentially causing more traffic jams for at least the next three months.
According to the Ministry of Public Transport, the highway will remain closed until August, when the construction is scheduled to end. Until the repairs are complete, access will only be given to people living or working in the area.
The work needed includes the installation of 415 support columns for the overpass, the underground pipelines, the electrical network system, roads, among others.
The Ministry has set up a system of signs and banners on the road to help drivers redirect onto other alternative routes. Authorities advise drivers to avoid driving on the site where the construction is taking place.
The construction of a new traffic circle in Betania has been budgeted at $21.1 million which is financed with a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, CABEI. The private company Puentes y Calzadas was hired by the ministry to develop the project.
This is the second traffic circle simultaneously under construction in San Josť.
Last month, work began on the new tunnel and extension in the La Uruca District highway in San Josť, which is causing a traffic blockade in that area. To avoid the overload of vehicles on the road, traffic officials are managing new road interchanges.
The construction of the tunnel is part of a bigger project known as the new North Traffic Circle in Zapote Canton. The plan is to build a tunnel with four lanes, two in each direction, as part of the tri-level highway.
According to the Ministry of Transportation, road construction is scheduled to finish in September. Officers are controlling traffic until the construction of the four-lane project is complete.
The North Traffic Circle in Zapote, known as Circunvalacion Norte is budgeted at $163 million, which is also financed with a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, CABEI.
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