In order to reinforce road safety on National Route 32, the General Directorate of Traffic Engineering (DGIT) of the MOPT will begin next Monday, August 31, the placement of 2,400 folding poles along 32 km, from the tollbooth of the Zurquí to the Río Frío intersection.
The devices will delimit – in conjunction with the horizontal demarcation – the zones of controlled overtaking, alternately and safely for both directions of traffic.
Engineer Alejandra Acosta Gómez, head of the DGIT Regional Department, explained that the placement of these devices, in addition to discouraging false overtaking and therefore frontal crashes, also seeks to improve night driving and in common adverse weather conditions. of that route.
“Thanks to the reflective bands placed on the upper part of the post, the visualization of the geometry of the road and the distribution of lanes will be significantly improved, therefore, considering the rain and fog conditions present in the area, they will become in a guide for drivers, offering an additional quality for the safety of route 32 users, “he said.
Acosta also explained that the quality of the devices to be placed was certified by the E-TECH Testing Services Inc. Laboratory, domiciled in the United States, an entity that confirmed that these posts can withstand up to 200 blows at an average speed of 96 km / h by a sedan-type vehicle, according to tests carried out.
She clarified that the folding posts are not being placed to be hit intentionally but as a prevention device.
The posts are screwed one by one to the street and are about 90 cm high and have a diameter of about 23 cm, yellow in color, resistant to the environment, extreme temperature changes and ultraviolet rays, so that they do not significantly lose their color or its consistency.
The investment in these works amounts to ¢ 177 million and they were contributed by the Road Safety Council (COSEVI). This amount includes the supply of the acquisition of 480 additional poles for the corresponding maintenance of the project.
The work will be carried out during the daytime, from Monday to Sunday from 7 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. In order to affect the users of that route as little as possible, during the execution of these tasks, work will be done with the road in service, carrying out regulated steps. A single total closure of 8 hours is planned, which will take place on a Sunday for.
This is the established schedule:
- Monday, August 31, will begin with the pre-marking of the points where the folding posts will be placed, which will take approximately one week. It will work with regulated passage, especially in the two-lane sectors.
- The week after the pre-marking and for 2 weeks, the 2,400 bases of the posts will be placed.
- Once all the bases have been placed, and considering that there is no impact of rain, which in this stage does limit progress, the date of Sunday will be announced in advance, which will correspond to the only total closure of the intervened section. That day, the 2,400 tubular posts will be installed in each of the existing bases, the project being then completed and ready for opening to the public.
The execution of these tasks will be in charge of the consortium made up of the companies Horizontes de Vías y Imágenes C.A.S.A., Publivías S.A., Publiseñales de Costa Rica S.A., Servicios de Equipos Vial S.A. and Bela Consultores S.A.