The Government has proposed to start the San José-Caldera road expansion in 2021. Conversations with the Globalvia dealer, which made proposals in 2014, have been resumed.
The 77 km highway has been operated by Globalvia since it was opened in 2010. Just five years after the road was opened, the need to expand it was detected. The tentative cost estimate is $600 million over five years of work.
The Minister of Coordination with the private sector, André Garnier, is leading the meetings regarding the expansion. His plan is to define the guidelines of the extension of the contract this year and move on to the design and tender next year.
The first stretch to be worked on would be from the National Gymnasium in La Sabana to Ciudad Colón. That extension is a stretch of 15 km. An inventory has been done of the sectors that are in need of the most urgent improvements regarding congestion.
The project consists of at least duplicating five major bridges and adding various lanes. There are some geographical issues as well as 40 expropriations that must be carried out.
Once this starts expect extreme delays in getting to the beach.