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Costa Rica Wastes $40 Million to Build 160km Border Road Without Plans

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Costa Rica spent $40 million to build a 160km road next to the San Juan River bordering with Nicaragua without the use of surveys, ditch design, drainage systems, or bridges.

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Original Article Text From Nacion via Google Translate :

Conavi border the trail built without a single plane

The Conavi built the 160 km border with Nicaragua the trail without a single plane to bring the path to open the way or what should be its characteristics.

This absence could design result in higher costs, environmental problems and rapid deterioration of the project, said yesterday Olman Vargas, executive director of the Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA).

The work lacked a survey to define the path of least resistance. Furthermore, not designed ditches, drains or steps on rivers.

Today, as supported by the National Roads Authority itself (Conavi), the road has slopes with steeper slopes and curves due to unsuitable for the smooth transit of vehicles.

The absence of plans was confirmed to this medium by the CFIA, the company Conavi and Advisory Company SA Construction and Engineering (Cacisa). The latter was hired in January this year to support project monitoring.

The construction of this trail was initiated in December 2010 as a result of the dispute with Nicaragua in October of that year by the occupation of Calero Island.

The Conavi has spent little more than ¢ 20,000 million in the project, including the empowerment of 440 km on roads.

900 machines. 14 months after the beginning of the play, when he started working Cacisa found 900 machines laboring along the border without any level.

Roberto Cambronero, Cacisa engineer, described it thus: “We came to a box cut, a cut on both sides (of the trail). So we asked the manager how much is missing?, What are you doing? ‘Oh, I’m cutting’. And how much is missing? Do not know why, not having a design, you perfectly can say ‘let me here.’ ”

Jose Manuel Saenz, Cacisa partner, said a design would be possible to calculate the width and slope of the cut, for which cuttings are made topography.

To open the route, the companies hired Conavi trucks or bulldozers charged per hour.

According Cambronero, the path was defined by the head of Conavi. This is an engineer by the name Serrano is suspended today because of an investigation into alleged bribes to the project.

Gerardo Prada Cacisa partner also said the drivers were ordered to open the trail on the banks of the river. However, he and Saenz argued that, even so, it was necessary to avoid topographic obstacles such as hills, wetlands and steep broken.

For Saenz, kilometers closer to the conflict zone could be made under that pattern because of the urgency, but the rest deserved a basic plan: “We are in the XXI century. Design is required, this road is like going from San Jose to the entrance of Moin, is a large road. Think of doing 150 kilometers of pure machine, without design (…) I which is the part of professional diligence, and not done “.

The CFIA director also expressed concern about the lack of attention to the drains: “A big part of the investment may be lost during the rainy season.”

No charge. Vargas confirmed that the professional determined that the Conavi not reported who was the professional responsible for the work or gave shots.

According to Vargas, the fact that the work is prayed it when under an emergency decree (signed in March 2011) did not exempt the Conavi to make those reports.

Jose Luis Salas, executive director of Conavi, said there was no design because the trail was due to an emergency situation. “No time,” he said.

Salas said the Cacisa Conavi and do a survey to check the geometric design, improve slopes, curves and water containment system. He denied that the absence of plans has risen by force costs. collaborated Marcela Cantero

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  • Robo

    If you want to waste a little bit of money, hire an un-qualified person with no experience to do the work.

    If you want to waste huge amounts of money, get government “experts” to do the work.

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