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07 December 2017

Costa Rica highways projects planned

First published07/12/2017

Costa Rica’s long running San Ramon road project is costing more than originally expected while taking longer to build than planned. The work on the 30km stretch of road was planned initially to cost US$185 million but has so far cost $287.4 million. Meanwhile only around 86% of the project has actually been carried out, despite the work already having been underway for 12 years. Costa Rica’s national road authority, Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) is in discussions with contractor Sanchez Carvajal, which is carrying out the work. The stretch between Sifon and La Abundancia is the focus for many of the present issues with the project. A series of problems are afflicting the work to build the San Ramon road. In all 11 serious technical issues have been revealed including surface cracks, subsidence, damaged drainage and insufficient protection against landslides. Contractor Sanchez Carvajal is commencing necessary repairs to remedy the situation.

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