Road will cost about $10 million and will be ready in 2012.• MOPT announces investments in Guanacaste for about $200 million. After years of promises and struggles, Tamarindo and surrounding coastal communities will finally have the long-awaited road from Veintisiete de Abril to Villarreal in 2012.
The publication of the bidding in the Official Gazette on Friday, July 22 opens the process of procurement of works and confirms the news expected by all the communities that have long called on governments for the construction of this road. This route is vital for the development of tourism in the area, since it greatly shortens the travel distances and connects Tamarindo and other adjacent coastal areas to the main towns of the Canton.
According to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the receipt of bids is scheduled for August 18 this year.
The project has been estimated at about $10 million (¢5.095 million) and includes a two-lane road, sidewalks, demarcation, and a 9cm rolled pavement plus a 20cm stabilized base.
In addition, 5 existing bridges will be replaced: Sin Nombre, Molina, Marcos Hernandez Bridge and the bridge over Rio San Francisco.
The Minister of Public Works, Francisco Jimenez, said that since the plans were donated by a group of businessmen in the area and after the publication of the bidding, the works are estimated to start by early 2012, at the latest. This work will complement the project between 27 de abril and Paraíso, a 13.9 km road that in 2009 required an investment of nearly $10 million (about ¢4.971 million).