After six years of going back and forth, the National Roadway Council (Conavi- Consejo Nacional de Vialidad) finally has the budget to complete work on the bridge over the Rio Ora, located on National Route 160, which connects the cantons of Nandayure and Hojancha.
In 2009, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) began construction of the structure, which is a Bailey-style bridge. However, at that time they alleged that they lacked the resources to complete the work.
Conavi’s roadway and bridge conservation management and the procurement department reported that they now have the funds to finish the work.
The amount budgeted is ¢168,424,000 (about $317,800), and the bid for the work of installing the bridge, as well as making the access ways and supports for the bridge, was awarded to the company PROCON, S.A. The Bailey bridge is about 170 meters (550 feet) long.
The work is scheduled to begin before June, although the purchase order from the procurement department is still pending to start.
15 Kilometers Less
Currently, anyone who needs to get to the other side of the river have to travel a total of about 15 kilometers (9 miles) along the riverbed, passing through the community of Santa Marta.
During dry season, any type of vehicle can easily cross Rio Ora. By this route, drivers only have to travel 200 meters, while the alternative route is about 15 kilometers.
Jose Jacinto Cortez, council member from Puerto Carrillo, explained that the implementation of the bridge will benefit about 500 families in the cantons of Hojancha and Nandayure.
“Once the bridge is placed, it would benefit some 500 residents of Estrada, Camaronal, El Carmen, Islita and Bejuco, among others,” explained Cortez.
In addition, Cortez pointed out that it will be favorable for students from the communities of Puerto Carrillo and El Torito, in the district of Samara, who currently travel to the high school in El Carmen.