July 21st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The repair, paving, and expansion of Route 606, better known as being the main road to Monteverde, should be completed sometime in 2016, according to representatives of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT).
Area business owners and residents have complained about the poor state of the road for years, and say it affects tourism.
Last year, the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) expressed its concern over the road, and said there had been a significant drop in the number of visitors to the popular tourist destination as a result. Business owners and residents joined CANATUR at the time in demanding that the road be repaired.
Monteverde is home to some 220 tourism-related business including hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and others.
In June of last year, some 500 Monteverde residents marched on the Interamericana Norte Highway in protest of the condition of the road.