An early start out of San Ramon has me wandering the streets of San Jose in no time. Another pothole ridden adventure I finally figured out what must be going on with Costa Rica potholes. I don’t think they have any intention of repairing them. You should see the cryptic moves cars and trucks make all over the highway trying to avoid these craters. But all efforts are futile. At least with the bike I can soften the blow by avoiding more than cars and trucks.
But fact is people don’t drive fast through pot holed stretches of primary highways. So while speed traps might work in those busy metro areas, tit’s just not cost effective to place cops and cones in rural areas. Plus, the government in its miserly methods certainly wouldn’t want to put speed bumps to slow traffic. This is too costly and would require maintenance. So why not let the roads deteriorate and therefore keep cars traveling slower and ultimately reduce traffic related injuries and fatalities?
Truthfully, Costa Rica is perhaps the country with more tourism revenue, the highest import and export duty and maybe the highest taxes in all of Central America but has the notoriously worst roads. Where is the money going guys? Remember that 30% tax on the speeding ticket? That money certainly isn’t going to road repair.
Photo: Potholes certainly make for a rough ride in an ambulance. Why won’t the Costa Rican Government repair its major highways? Because they must be too corrupt and too cheap.