Photo: Jorge Luis Merencio

Baracoa, Guantánamo.— Members of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar International Civic-Military Rescue and Humanitarian Aid Brigade, are making headway in the initial phase of works to rebuild the bridge over the River Toa, erected in the same place as the former structure, which was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew on the morning of October 5, 2016.
The brigade is currently establishing posts in the areas where the bridge’s supports will be located, a complex task given the large number that must be set, some as deep down as 30 meters. This phase of works is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.
The bridge is planned to have five main supports, two composed of eight posts and another three of 12 for a total of 52, explained Major Germaín Veloz Camacaro, commander of the international humanitarian mission, speaking to Granma.
As well as the posts he also noted that work is underway to set the reinforced steel frames which will support them, with all tasks running to schedule. Major Veloz Camacaro also explained that the whole process should take eight months, with completion set for December.
In support of these efforts, workers from Holguin demolished the remains of the former bridge and built a temporary platform over the River to facilitate the movement of different equipment, including those dedicated to lifting.
The new bridge will be 223 meters long, 11 meters wide and three meters taller than the previous one. Meanwhile supporting pillars will be placed at 50 meter intervals, double the distance of those on the former bridge.
The greater distance between pillars will prevent damage to the bridge caused when Cuba’s strongest River floods; which was the main cause of damage to the previous bridge.