The National Roadways Council (CONAVI – Consejo Nacional de Vialidad) will lay a layer of asphalt emulsion during the coming months in population centers located along the 15-kilometer stretch of route 160 between Marbella and Rio Montaña, in Santa Cruz.
The goal of the project is to reduce the amount of dust that is thrown up when vehicles pass, which is affecting residents’ health.
The Marbella-Rio Montaña route is one of 34 projects being jointly financed by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT – Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes) and CONAVI, representing a total investment of $7.8 million (¢4,171 million) in maintenance works.
The placement of asphalt emulsion is covered by Drought Decree 38642 and is financed in large part with CONAVI and National Emergency Commission resources, as the dust is creating health problems among residents.
For that reason, since the beginning of March of this year, machinery belonging to the company Albosa has been fixing the road with gravel, according to Diego Vasquez, the CONAVI engineer who is in charge of the project.
“The gravel repairs for the 15 kilometers and the ditch cleaning is already finished; now what is left is laying the asphalt emulsion in the biggest population centers along route 160,” explained Vasquez.
The repairs will directly benefit the communities of Marbella, Ostional and San Juanillo.