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Better Late Than Never: The Montaña River Will Finally Have a Bridge

By Oliver Pérez and Emiliana Garcia
Photos by Adam Dietrich

After Nosara and Ostional residents endlessly requested that the Government build a bridge over the Montaña River, it has finally become a reality. Since January 9th, machinery has been hard at work with breaking ground and opening the space needed to access the Bailey bridge.

On January 14th, during a tour to supervise the work being done, the Vice Minister of Public Works, Maria Lorena Lopez, expressed her regret at having delayed the work, since they had promised to place the bridge last year. However, due to the attention that other priority sites demanded, they had to postpone the bridge's placement.

The Bailey bridge will be a 114-meter-long, single-lane structure with a cost of $1.5 million dollars, approximately 750 million colones at the current exchange rate. It is expected to be complete by March, solving the lack of a crossing in the area, especially during the rainy season when traffic becomes impossible for cars.

"At first, this bridge was going to be 87 meters long but, after evaluating the river's swell, it had to be extended. In addition, the bridge will have a height of a meter and a half, where the swell reaches. With this step, we will finally be able to connect these communities, as we had previously done with the Rosario River and as we will continue to do with other bridges", Lopez explained.

With the start of each rainy season the area's residents suffer greatly because, as the river's flow rises, they become isolated. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists currently use the hanging bridge over the Montaña River.

For years, many drivers risked crossing in their cars even when the river had swelled. While some managed to make it alive and tell their story, unfortunately, others were not so lucky. This was the case for the couple that drowned on October 2008, when the river caught them and their car.


Road from downtown Nosara to Hollywood neighborhood is now open

A new bridge under construction near the 'Hollywood' neighbourhood in Nosara,
in the background a motorcycle passes by on the current road.

The huge hole on the road that connects downtown Nosara to the so-called "Hollywood" neighborhood is now covered by a cement bridge, through which the waters of the creek that floods the area during the rainy season will pass.

The 25-year-old bridge had already collapsed and therefore, public buses were unable to conduct their usual route. For this reason, the area's residents were forced to walk all the way from the center of town to their homes. The Nosara Development Association invested one and a half million colones in the new bridge, while Maquinaria Enrique Vega donated the hours of use of the concrete curbing machine.

3300 cubic meters of loose rock and rubble will be required to fill the ramps
at either end. The bridge will sit 12 meters above the river to ensure access
throughout the rainy season and cost 750 million or about $1.5 million.
Materials and a backhoe rest at the construction site for the new bridge over
the Rio Montaña, below a motorcyclist drive towards the river on the current
access road. The bridge, which should be completed by March, will ensure road
access between Ostional and Nosara communities throughout the rainy season.

Magdalena Vega, President of the Ostional Development Association, was both thankful and excited about the new bridge. "We've devoted many years to sending letters and documents requesting a bridge. This is the result of a struggle with the MOPT, we feel almost connected now. However, the struggle will continue as there are still many unresolved projects", expressed the community leader.

Hanging Bridge to Los Ángeles Will be a Thing of the Past

The Nosara River will also have a new bridge, in this case the hanging bridge that connects the Los Ángeles neighborhood with the Nosara Cemetery and which will be built by the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE).

However, in order for the bridge to become a reality, the properties adjacent to the platform exits must be bought. The cost of both properties amounts to USD $180.000, explained Marcos Ávila, President of the Nosara Development Association who negotiated the bridge with the CNE.

When the river swells during the rainy season, the Los Ángeles neighborhood and those who live in its mountains get cut off for days, since the hanging bridge is their only way out. For the time being, and until the properties are purchased, the CNE is conducting a soil survey.

Motorcyclists cross a suspension bridge over the river Nosara heading towards the Los Angles neighborhood. A new bridge is expected once land on the eastern bank of the river is purchased for development.


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