A private construction initiative hopes to expand to six lanes the longest viaduct in the country, making the trip between Cartago and San Jose take just 30 minutes, whereas currently it can take an hour and ten minutes by car and over an hour and a half by bus.
51,000 vehicles travel this route daily and just about every one of those drivers and passengers would be willing to pay more in tolls to finance a significantly quicker ride home.
The proposal includes the construction of a viaduct between Curridabat and Zapote as well as level crossings and roundabouts at key intersections such as Walmart and Multiplaza shopping centers.
If the Government approves the application, the next stage would include economic and environmental feasibility studies. Once awarded, the construction would take about two years.