Pavement is coming for those who live along route 160. Since March 19, machinery from the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) entered the communities with the objective of partially paving 8.5 kilometers. The division of Public Works for this roadway is in charge of doing the work from the intersection of Santa Marta and Nosara to Barco Quebrado, passing by Esperanza and Garza, with an investment of 350 million colones ($700,000), an amount which comes from MOPT’s provincial budget.
This information was provided by Julio Viales, regional director of MOPT in Guanacaste, who also indicated that the asphalt cap that they are applying in the stretches is 7.6 cm thick, while the stabilizing base is an asphalt emulsion composed of an acid that permits better absorption and compacting of the ground particles, thus avoiding that the fresh asphalt sticks to the tires of vehicles.
Viales mentioned the importance the government has given the project, after so many years of complaints. “This is a direct order from the Minister (of Transportation Pedro Castro) and President (Laura Chinchilla) with Nosara and all of the communities that demand a better quality of life,” he explained. Although Viales didn’t give an exact date for the conclusion of the work on the route, he is optimistic that at least during the next two months, they should be able to have the majority of the stretches paved. “We are going to do maintenance to these stretches once they are paved,” mentioned Viales, and he added, “This work is guaranteed for at least three to five years of durability.”