Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Costa Rica's route to Caribbean reopens

Southern Inter American Highway still closed

By Alex Leff
Tico Times Staff

Costa Rica's Caribbean-bound Braulio Carrillo Highway reopened yesterday after transit officials had closed it Monday afternoon because of landslides, according to the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT).

Ministry spokesman Omar Segura said workers cleaned up the road and traffic is flowing back to normal, but that drivers should use Braulio Carrillo – also called Ruta 32 – with caution.

New landslides could occur so motorists should drive carefully, especially at night. It's recommended to go during the day, if possible, and to avoid heavy rain storms,” Segura said.

Braulio Carrillo runs from San Jose through mountains to Caribbean flatlands, and is an important route from the capital to the port city of Limon.

Another major road, the southern Inter American Highway, remains closed from Cerro de la Muerte (Death Hill) down to the Southern Zone canton Perez Zeledon after Tropical Storm Alma washed away major chunks of the road.

The MOPT spokesman said that workers managed to carve an emergency lane for vehicles to carry food and supplies to isolated communities particularly in Perez Zeledon.

Some 35 machines are working on the Inter-American Highway to get a commuter lane up and running by tomorrow or Thursday, said Segura.

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