November 15th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) According to Christian Vargas, Manager of Road and Bridge Conservation at the National Road Council (CONAVI), repair work on the bridge over the Virilla River, on the General Canas Highway, will take place on November 24th and 25th.
The bridge has come to be known as the “platina” bridge due to the metal grid that was put in place on the bridge as a temporary repair over a year ago. The bridge has been the cause of controversy due to its constant need of repairs.
Authorities say that the partial repairs will only take place on the areas of the steel sheets, and not the complete bridge.
The work will be carried out on the 24th and 25th, during which time the bridge will be closed. According to Vargas, the closure is necessary, as workers must allow time for the concrete to dry.
Vargas also explained that the repair work entails the removal of part of the metal grid.
The permanent repair of the bridge has had a number of setbacks, as the import of concrete and materials from the United States was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy. Authorities were also occupied with the collapse and repair of the Bailey bridges on the same highway.
The repairs come after a new hole opened up in the bridge two weeks ago.