has its own Platina bridge!
Well, now “Guana” (nickname for the
province of Guanacaste) truly has no reason to
envy “Chepe” (nickname for the City of San
sadly famous “Platina bridge”,
icon of the inefficiency of our dear MOPT (Ministry
of Public Works and Transportation), has its own
of us who must commute between Liberia and the beach area “enjoy” in past
November spending forced resting periods inside our vehicles in the middle of
the highway and under a very “cordial” Guanacastecan sun.
why? Because the hyper-busy bridge over
the Tempisque River which connects Liberia with Santa Cruz and all the coastal
area, was closed for no less than 4 full days thanks to patching job N˚179,850 that has been done to
this occasion, the closure was caused by a small hole of some 20sq.ft, through which one could see the
river! This window situated
practically squarely in the center of the bridge was opened in a section that
had been “fixed” a little over a year ago.
only one other alternate lane which is on the even older bridge parallel to
this one, the results were very long lines of vehicles which during peak times
lined up for as long as 7 km in each direction.
rumors suggested that this hole was not simply an accidental absence of
pavement but rather that it was part of a pilot plan by the MOPT which sought
to increase the tourist attraction of the national bridges by opening little
windows with pretty views to the river that flows below. However, MOPT staff categorically denied this
turning serious, and in all fairness to the MOPT, we should say that overall,
the condition of the highways in Guanacaste has improved tremendously in the
last several years and today the holes are more of an unusual occurrence rather
than the constant state of affairs that it used to be a decade ago.
it’s also just and necessary to say that this bridge is clearly a tired old
bridge, that it is a very strategic bridge for Guanacaste and that to keep
patching it up every couple of months is a total waste of money.
it requires (as a minimum) is a
complete repaving. What would truly be in order would be to build a new bridge.
most probably it will not be changed for a new one nor will it be properly
repaved because ‘there is no budget’…I
have a solution: Instead of a newly paved surface, how about if we stick on top
of it a good TROCHAAAA*…
all, for those it seems there is plenty of money!
note: Sorry tourists, that’s a funny
local joke in Spanish but we found no way to make it work in English too. it
makes reference to a big fiasco of a “trocha”road that was started with much fanfare near the border with Nicaragua but
ended with a scandal of huge funds misuse…plus it was actually never finished.
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