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1.300 new road signs will be installed in the routes of the country

¢300 MILLION WILL BE INVESTED IN SIGNPOSTING FOR TOURISTS

• The agreement was signed today between the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) and the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT).
• The Ministry of the Presidency acted as a witness of honor

San José, Monday, January 22nd, 2007. The national and local tourists will better informed on national roads and will arrive to the places of rest more safely and efficiently, thanks to the investment of more than 300 million colones that will be undertaken by the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), in agreement with the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT). Such investment will be turned into 1.300 new traffic signs of tourist interest.

This announcement was made today in the morning after the Ministers of Tourism, Carlos Ricardo Benavides, and Public Works, Karla Gonzalez printed their signature on the agreement in the presence of the Minister of the Presidency Rodrigo Arias as a witness of honor in the Presidential House.

“Well marked roads will be very welcomed by national and foreign tourists, because it is a fundamental help in the adventure of a safe and relaxing discovery of the beauties of Costa Rica, the kindness of the people, and the wonders of nature, stated Rodrigo Arias.”

In the first stage of the agreement, the areas in which the signposting will be installed are: the coast of the province of Guanacaste, Nicoya Peninsula, Barranca-Peñas Blancas route, San José-Limon route, the national routes of the Caribbean region, and the National Parks located in these areas.

“We want that national and foreign tourists visiting us to get to these places in a more accurate, fast and secure way with the help of a good informative guide on the roads, which also complies with international rules, pointed out the minister Carlos Ricardo Benavides.”

This agreement allows the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) to buy 195 million colones in necessary materials so that the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) can design, make the signs in their own firms, and their employees can undertake the installation. These works are estimated in 111 million colones.

These signs will inform drivers of service stations, airports, ferries, and tourist sites such as the most visited beaches and national parks.
“The Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) is aware that the road signing has been traditionally poor and with this project we are improving it, these 1.300 new signs will be located in the main tourist routes and in the two main highways related with tourism such as route no.1 and route no.32, stated the minister Karla Gonzalez.”

Four Projects

The agreement contemplates financing four specific projects. The first one and the newest one is signposting National Parks, wild refugees, natural reserves, and control posts with 225 brown color signs which cost about 83 million colones.

The informative boards comply with the Central American regional rules that indicate the directions to follow, the route number and the distance to travel.

The second project is signposting the most visited beaches located in the areas of Quepos, Nicoya Peninsula, Limon, and Guanacaste. In total, there are 379 signs valued in 42,7 million colones.

In order to guide the tourists in a better way to the beaches, the signs will be installed in the intersections as well as in the primary and secondary roads that include non pavimented roads.

The third project will be developed on Route 32 (San José-Limón) with 225 signs and with and investment of 36, 5 million colones. The fourth project will be on Route 1 Interamericana Norte, between San Ramón and Peñas Blancas, with a total of 374 signs and a cost of 33 million colones.

It is important to point out that the signs have information of tourist interest, as well as geographic indications but not of road security. Moreover, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) is compelled with the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) to eliminate all those signs that are contradictory with the new information that will be installed.

As of the signing of this agreement, the only pending matter is the approval on the part of the Office of the General Controller of the Republic to begin with the bidding process of material acquisition which will be in hands of the Costa Rica Board of Tourism (ICT).

ICT Costa Rica Tourism Board (January 22., 2007) San Jose, Costa Rica