General Canas Highway reopened as of today

November 19th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) Cristian Vargas, in charge of bridgework at the National Road Council (CONAVI), said that the work on the General Canas Highway, at the location where a pair of Bailey bridges used to stand as a result of a large sinkhole, has been completed, and the highway has reopened as of today at 5:00 am.

 

Yesterday afternoon workers finished placing asphalt, marking the street and placing signs. The project was due to be completed tomorrow, but workers were able to complete the work a day ahead of schedule.

 

Work at the site has been going on day and night for the past week in an attempt to end the traffic chaos that resulted after a heavy crane attempted to cross one of the Bailey bridges, causing its collapse.

 

“The filling is complete and we finished placing the asphalt today.  Luckily, we had a splendid afternoon, which allowed us to finish with all the work,” Vargas said yesterday.

 

In September, an enormous sinkhole divided the General Canas Highway in the San Jose- Alajuela direction. Authorities placed two Bailey bridges over the affected area to open the route.   However, on November 6th, a large crane truck attempted to cross one of the bridges, resulting in its collapse, delaying the completion of work at the site and causing massive traffic jams and canceled school classes.

 

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