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Nicoya City Urban Area Routes Come to Stand Still
By Oliver Pérez

NICOYA – The traffic disorder experience in the city of Nicoya during the last few months continues to bother and worry residents, who urgently require a new code. Absent, fallen or poorly placed road signs, blurry or nonexistent boundaries, vehicles parked in yellow zones or taxi stands and cars going the wrong way any hour of the day are some of the irregularities seen in the case of colonial Nicoya’s urban city center.

Despite the signs prohibiting the transit of heavy vehicles on some routes, bus and trailer drivers ignore them. Dionisio Chávez, head of the Nicoya Transit office, affirmed that in order to bring the situation to an end, they must await the approval of a Route Code Plan by the Department of Transit Engineering from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which was sent over six months ago for proper review.

“With the approval of this plan, the problem with the routes in the city will be improved; with this, the streets will change direction, the no-parking zones will be marked and parking lots will be established”. “The very moment that everything is made right, we have tow trucks that we can begin to put to work and clear urban area traffic,” explained the transit police chief.

One of the governing measures to come, according to Chávez, is the installation of parking meters by the Municipality.

According to the Route Code Plan, the aim is to organize the main streets of the Nicoyan urban area. The main problems are presented during “peak” hours because vehicles park in both lanes.

As of right now transit officials have three tow trucks to be used once the boundaries of main routes are set.

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