Currently, to leave the canton of Santa Cruz going toward Nicoya and San Jose, there is only one roadway. However, in late March, Santa Cruz residents will have an alternate option with the opening of the bridge in the Panama neighborhood.
According to the engineer in charge of building the bridge, Diego Rodriguez, the work cost ¢511,778,701 ($974,816). This is located on the Enmedio River connecting the Panama neighborhood and Guayabal.
The work began in February of 2015 with support from the National Emergency Commission, which contributed ¢388,477,350 ($739,957), while the Municipality of Santa Cruz assumed the remaining costs of ¢123,290,950 ($234,840), obtained through a loan from Banco Popular.
Engineer Yanan Toluño explained that the bridge will open without a paved surface since the resources from the municipality weren’t enough. However, it will be usable.
The bridge is part of cantonal route 5-03-021 and is 50 meters long. According to Toluño, this construction could reduce traffic jams at the intersection entering Santa Cruz, in addition to saving a few minutes to get to Nicoya.
The bridge is located in the eastern sector of the folkloric city, exactly 900 meters east of La Peninsula hardware store.