The final stage of dredging the Nosara River began last Tuesday, November 18th after the work was awarded to the JCB construction company, who won the bid.
Marco Avila, syndic and president of the Nosara Integral Development Association (ADIN), reported that currently 6 bulldozers, five dump trucks and one backhoe are working on the riverbed. Additionally, 10 more dump trucks will begin working on the river in the next few days.
JCB was the winner of the seven companies that competed for the contract, which has a cost of ¢1,400,000,000 (about $2,640,000), which is funded by the National Emergencies Commission (CNE) and will be overseen by the National Service of Groundwater, Irrigation and Drainage (SENARA- Servicio Nacional de Aguas Subterraneas, Riego y Avenamiento).
The bidding process began on June 20 and, according to Ricardo Chinchilla, SENARA engineer, it took a while because CNE carefully evaluated the financial situation, quality of equipment, costs and personnel of each company.
For now, JCB should dredge approximately 2,400 meters (7875 feet) along the riverbed, including the construction of a dike of compacted clay and internal slopes covered with cement, which will be made from part of the sector near the airstrip, passing behind Rancho Tico restaurant and then from the stretch of the Rasta Bridge to Santa Marta.
For his part, Avila said part of the sediment removed from the river bottom will be placed on a lot located in the Los Arenales neighborhood, which is owned by ADIN, so both the association and the municipality can use the material for the repair of county roads.
Avila also expressed satisfaction with the initiation of the work, which has the objective of preventing flooding. Additionally, he reported that the work would last until late February or early March next year.
“I feel totally satisfied with the work because it is work that will give a lot of security to the community,” Avila said.