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Damaged Footbridge Worries Sámara Pedestrians
By Ashley Steyaert

 

The footbridge adjacent to the main bridge connecting downtown Sámara to the Cangrejal and Cantarrana neighborhoods over the Lagarto River is currently in such poor condition that it has been rendered unusable, forcing Sámara pedestrians to put themselves in harm’s way by sharing the bridge with motor vehicles.


Local witnesses tell VON that although the footbridge has been in poor condition for years, it hadn’t reached the point of being unusable until about 3 months ago. Although the center segment of the bridge is covered with sheet metal and relatively safe to walk on, the outer sections on both ends of the footbridge are composed solely of rebar precariously covered by planks of wood, if at all.

Although the current state of the footbridge is dangerous under any circumstances, it is becoming increasingly more hazardous as the rainy season comes upon the area. Whereas the footbridge allows water to pass through and prevent it from flooding, the main bridge does not. This means that once the rains are in full effect, pedestrians will be forced not only to share the one-lane bridge with oncoming traffic from both directions, but will have to do so in several inches of water.

Spokesperson for the Communications Department of CONAVI (The National Committee of Road Systems of Costa Rica) Lydia Castillo, informs VON that the institution was unaware of the state of the bridge in question, but now that the engineers responsible for the bridge have been informed about the problem they will meet on Thursday May 27th to assemble a team to come to Sámara. She assures that “they are going to go evaluate the bridge”.

 

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