Posted by: Idioma Extra | October 12, 2010

Tuesday´s News

Problems In Major Routes Affect Movement In Costa Rica


Travelling to and from the Central Valley (San José) to the Pacific coast and Northern Zone is affected by the state of country’s roads that have been or are still partially or completely closed.

The Interamericana Norte or Ruta 1, the major road between the Central Valley, Puntarenas and Guanacaste is blocked in several points. Bailey bridges are being used at two points at Cambronero to move traffic through the area, especially heavy trucks and buses.

For now the road is open under “paso regulado” (restricted movement) but could, as it has been during past two weeks, closed at any moment. At other several points, the Interamericana is affected by debris from mudslides and traffic movement is restricted to allow machinery to clean up.

The San José  – Caldera, the other major rout to the Pacific coast continues closed between Orotina and Atenas. The road, which was inaugurated in January of this year, that has had major problems due to the heavy rains, was to have re-opened early last week, postponed to later in the week, then Sunday, then today (Tuesday) and now is “indefinite”.

The only other viable route is the Monte de Aguacate that weaves through Alajuela and Orotina, also known as the old road to Jacó, is not without problems.

On several occasions the road had to be temporarily closed due to mudslides. It is open for now, but that could change at any moment with a heavy rainfall.

Moving from the Central Valley to San Carlos and other areas in the northern zone is affected by washed and sunken roads and failing bridges. The route had to be closed at Zarcero the week before last when the main road became a river.

The San Ramón to Arenal is clear, for now. However, getting to San Ramón is hampered by the problems on the Interamericana.

Today’s road situation could get worse in the coming days as the weatherman is predicting a return to normal rainy season conditions – heavy rains – after almost a week of almost no rain.

For up-to-date road conditions visit the MOPT website at:

Word of the Day

Pronunciation: \i-ˈnȯ-gyə-ˌrāt, -gə-ˌrāt\
Origin: Latin inauguratus, past participle of inaugurare, literally, to practice augury, from in-augurare to augur; from the rites connected with augury
First Known Use: 1606
1: to induct into an office with suitable ceremonies
2 a: to dedicate ceremoniously: observe formally the beginning of <inaugurate a new school> b: to bring about the beginning of
— in·au·gu·ra·tor noun

More Vocabulary

Mudslide: n. mudflow; a moving mass of soil made fluid by rain or melting snow
Postpone: v. to put off to a later time
State: n. mode or condition of being
Sunk: adj. having sunk or been sunk beneath the surface; submerged
Viable: adj. practicable; workable

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Clean up: to wash or tidy up
Joan could you please clean up after yourself? It is not fair to leave your papers to be picked up by others.

Below are some common phrases used when speaking on the phone in English. To learn more, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 550 Telephoning and Business Communication Course!

Making Contact:

Hello/Good morning/Good afternoon.
This is John Brown speaking./My name is John Brown and I’m calling from ABC Incorporated.
Could I speak to….?
I’d like to speak to ….,please.
I’m trying to contact …..


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