Guanacaste’s La Amistad Bridge will reopen in July:

Repair work on the La Amistad Bridge over the Tempisque River in Guanacaste is 15% complete. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) said repairs are expected to be completed in July. “The works on the Tempisque are on schedule. We are very happy. I saw a video where the cable car is already there, so many of the teachers who have their homes on one side of the Tempisque and had to teach their lessons on the other side are now passing with the children,” said Minister Mauricio Batalla. of Public Works and Transport.

The Amistad Bridge spans 780 meters over the Tempisque River, connecting the cantons of Cañas and Nicoya. It consists of two main sections: a 260-metre-long cable-stayed section supported by tension cables and a 520-metre-long fixed segment supported by eight concrete piers. Repair work is currently being carried out on the bridge, with both parts being addressed.

The MOPT has confirmed plans to install lighting and make several modifications to improve its structural integrity. The diagnosis and intervention of the bridge are carried out by the company Estrumet Metalmecánica, at a cost of approximately $1,769,134.78.

“In addition to the obvious deterioration, the diagnosis allowed us to discover additional damage that was not easily visible. Changes in expansion joints and reinforcement of the supports are added as new elements,” explains the MOPT.

The bridge has been closed to traffic since April 1 and will remain closed until the end of July. In view of this situation, since April 1, MOPT has enabled four alternative land routes for the transfer between Cañas and Nicoya.

“I understand, of course, that Guanacaste suffers from traffic. However, we are doing everything humanly possible to make things effective and efficient to solve that problem while the service is closed,” Minister Batalla added.

The bridge intervention was urgently needed due to the necessary structural repairs. It is an essential point for the passage of vehicles in Guanacaste, and ensuring its optimal condition was imperative to avoid possible accidents.