Ensuring Year-Round Accessibility: The New Ostional Bridge Benefits the Community

Ostional Bridge Construction

Overview of the Ostional Bridge Project

The Municipality of Santa Cruz is starting the installation of a modular bailey-style bridge over the Ostional River. This long-awaited Ostional bridge will finally end the community’s isolation during the rainy season. For over 20 years, floods have cut off Ostional. The installation of the new bridge in Playa Ostional represents more than just a physical connection; it’s a symbol of progress and accessibility. For years, the lack of a reliable crossing over the Ostional River has posed challenges for residents and tourists alike. During the rainy season, the river often swells, making passage difficult or even impossible. This new bridge promises to mitigate these issues, ensuring year-round access to one of Costa Rica’s most beloved natural treasures.

Community Benefits

For the residents of Playa Ostional and nearby communities, the bridge is a game-changer. It will facilitate easier transportation of goods and services, improve access to healthcare and education, and enhance overall quality of life. The bridge symbolizes a new era of connectivity and opportunity for the region, fostering stronger community ties and economic growth.

Enhancing Eco-Tourism

Playa Ostional’s economy thrives on eco-tourism, and the bridge is expected to boost this vital industry. Easier access means more tourists can experience the unique phenomenon of “arribadas,” where thousands of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. This spectacular event, occurring several times a year, is a cornerstone of the local tourism sector. Improved infrastructure will likely lead to an increase in visitor numbers, providing a boost to local businesses, from guided tours and accommodations to restaurants and souvenir shops

Project Timeline and Costs

The project began in May 2024. It will take two months to complete. The total cost is about $600,000.

Community Efforts

In September 2024, the Ostional community raised $14,000. They used these funds to move the bridge from San José. This step ensured the bridge stayed in Ostional. Without this, it might have gone to another project.

Structural Work

The National Road Council (CONAVI) provided piles and channels. These support the bridge on the unstable soil. The cost of transporting these structures is included in the project budget.

Land Acquisition and Preparations

The local government negotiated with a landowner. They acquired 250 square meters on each side of the road. This allowed proper bridge installation without expropriation. The landowner also provided storage for bridge components.

Main Highlight for Guanavista

The bridge installation ensures safe, all-year-round accessibility. This is crucial for both the Ostional community and Guanavista. With the new bridge, residents and visitors can reach Ostional Beach safely even during the rainy season. It also enhances connectivity and supports local efforts in sustainable tourism and conservation.

Looking Ahead

As the final touches are put on this pivotal infrastructure project, excitement and optimism are palpable in Playa Ostional. The bridge is not just a new structure, but a beacon of what is possible when communities come together with a vision for the future. Visitors and locals alike can look forward to smoother journeys, enriched experiences, and a thriving environment that continues to captivate and inspire.

In the heart of Costa Rica’s natural paradise, Playa Ostional stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of progress and preservation, ready to welcome the world with open arms and a sturdy new bridge.

You might also enjoy

Reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to change your password.

Scroll to Top