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Costa Rica's new Pacific highway

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It was 35 years on the drawing board, but Costa Rica's new four-lane highway between San Jose and the Pacific coast will be inaugurated next Wednesday. The highway that heads west to Escazu will finally continue on for its planned 77 km (45 mi) to the port of Caldera, near Puntarenas. It'll put destinations like Jaco and Manuel Antonio closer and quicker than ever before.

It'll also be new way to get to Guanacaste. You'll now be able to get to Puntarenas in about an hour, and from there can zip up to the Pan-American Highway and continue north. That would eliminate that long, dreary stretch through the mountains between San Ramon and Puntarenas where you sometimes creep along if you get behind big trucks. The new highway will have three toll plazas, so maybe the big trucks heading north will still take the old route to avoid the tolls. Who knows?

Some cynics are saying the government rushed to complete the highway before the Feb. 7 presidential election so that it would look good for the ruling party's candidate. I think 35 years is hardly a rush. :)

This is exciting.

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