Costa Rican public works and transport (MOPT) minister Francisco Jimenez has an ambitious highway development plan for the ministry's US$1.4bn 2011 budget, paper La Republica reported.
Planned projects include the 30km San Carlos-San Ramon highway and a 28km stretch of the Vuelta Cooper-Chilamate highway linking the northern and Caribbean zones, which will cost some US$140mn and US$65mn respectively.
Some US$100mn will be spent on a project to build the last 5km of the Uruca-Calle Blancos highway, as well as US$200mn to repair bridges, and US$314mn for repair and expansion works on the Interamericana Norte and Sur highways.
Critics question the ability of the government to carry out the plan as MOPT has yet to tender any projects under the current administration, which began over seven months ago, despite having designs and funding in place, the paper said.
However, Jimenez is confident that things will change next year. The ministry's 2010 priorities were repairing roadways damaged by winter rains and selecting a team to put the highway plan in motion, he added.