MOPT Widens Nosara-La Virginia Route to Two Lanes

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The route between Nosara and the communities of Las Flores, Rio Montaña and La Virginia will now have two lanes and thereby comply with the minimum dimensions for vehicles to pass.

The work began in the second week of January and is expected to end in late March this year. It has been a joint effort of the Nosara Integral Development Association (ADIN), the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) and the Municipality of Nicoya.

ADIN collaborated with food for the MOPT and Municipality of Nicoya work crews, while MOPT provided the equipment for the work.

Marco Avila, president of ADIN, explained that the road, which is about 40 kilometers long from Nosara to Nicoya, was not codified and therefore did not form part of the municipal inventory of the Road Management Technical Unit (UTGV- Unidad Tecnica de Gestion Vial). However, with the recent work, this road became part of the inventory, so now the route can be maintained by the UTGV.

“The work was done on about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) and we worked on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of lane width from about 10 to 14 meters wide,” said Victor Reyes, engineer in charge of the UTGV.

With the rehabilitation of this road, there is now a third way to get to Nosara. The other two are Route 160 between Nosara and Samara and the route through the communities of Naranjal and Zaragoza, which leaves from behind the Los Arenales neighborhood.

The newly enabled third route crosses the bridge over the Montaña River and goes east towards the mountains, passing through the towns of Las Flores, La Virginia and finally Gamalotal. This new route reduces the distance between Nosara and Nicoya by about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles).

This work is being done with funds from Law 8114.