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After 31 Years, the New San Jose Caldera Highway is Now Fully Operational in Costa Rica
Date:1/30/2010

ing resulted in traffic jams. Now frequent drivers on the road will be able to purchase a transponder pass, or quickpass, to speed toll collection and limit traffic tie ups.

The highway goes all the way from the center of San Jose to Caldera on the Pacific coast. The road was designed to open San Jose to the port of Puntarenas on the west coast. For drivers headed to the beaches in the central and southern Pacific regions, the road cuts nearly an hour off the current route known as the Aguacate pass. The aguacate pass has been the site of frequent accidents, weekend traffic back ups and occasional land slides. There are a number of single lane bridges along the route, numerous switch backs and grades to 10 degrees.

A few Mishaps - In building the new Autopista, a variety of mishaps have transpired. The Barva Aquifer was pierced at one point, a major water supply of the central valley. This stopped construction while repairs and a redesign were worked out. There was also an issue involving the negotiation of toll booths by police, fire and ambulance vehicles. Seems there was no lane designed for emergency vehicles, a necessity during rush hour.

Prize Winning Project - The European magazine Euromoney awarded a prize to this project as “Latin America PPP Deal of the Year" for managing to finance the Highway of the Sun, unite the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and Caja Madrid for the approval and implementation of the highway.

Pacific Lots is the largest single family residential project in Costa Rica. With 21 years developing home sites in Costa Rica, they are the largest builder of single family custom homes in the country. Most owners are from North America. Recent infrastructure improvements in the region include the new coastal highway, the brand new Hospital de Osa and the new international airport planned to be built just to t
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