Costa Rica: Closer to Expanding Route 27

The government and the concessionaire Globalvia signed a letter of understanding for the negotiation process of the studies for the expansion of the road from San Jose to Caldera.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

It is estimated that the work will cost about $600 million, a cost that would imply an extension of the concession contract for another 15 years, starting from the expiration of the current concession.

See "Road Infrastructure: Projects for $3.3 Billion"

If negotiations are completed, Glovalvia will operate the national highway until 2048.

From the Presidency of Costa Rica's statement:

-This Wednesday, a letter of understanding was signed between the National Concessions Council and the Autopistas del Sol Consortium.
-According to the results of the traffic and engineering study, the extension of the 76 km road will be carried out in three sections, from La Sabana to Caldera.
-Among the previous works that have been carried out is the progress of 90% in expropriations of the land required between Escazu and Ciudad Colón.
-"We are materializing the commitment we have assumed since the beginning of our government to strengthen the concession figure in order to be able to build the public work that the country requires," said President Carlos Alvarado.

January 22nd, 2020. The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Rodolfo Méndez Mata, and the Deputy Director General of Globalvia, Carlos González Álvarez, signed this Wednesday a letter of understanding for the negotiation process of the studies that will allow the expansion of National Route 27.

Read full statement (In Spanish).

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