Baracoa, Guantánamo. — The Bridge over the River Toa is 75% complete, with works now focused on assembling the main body of the structure.
The first 32 meters of the overpass were mounted by members of the Simón Bolívar International Civil-Military Humanitarian Aid and Rescue Brigade, responsible for this stage of the work.
The second delivery of resources and materials needed to complete the 225 meter bridge is expected to arrive in early February, with the third and final installment set to be delivered by end of that month, reported Major Germaín Veloz Camacaro, commander of the brigade.
According to Veloz Camacaro once the main structure has been completed work will begin to prepare the surface, pavement and defensive features before being paved, a task which will be undertaken by the Ministry of Construction’s provincial office.
The bridge over Cuba’s largest river was originally scheduled to be completed last month, however the U.S. economic blockade of Venezuela affected the production of the metal structure - which is currently being mounted –with the completion date now set for the first half of 2018.
Persistent rain in the region has also caused delays, with work almost completely suspended over recent days due to adverse weather conditions.
The bridge is being erected in the same place as the previous structure, which was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew on the morning of October 5, 2016.
The new overpass will be 225 meters long, 11 meters wide and 11.8 meters tall, with supports located 50 meters apart, double the distance between those of the former bridge, in order to better withstand the force of the water, which destroyed the previous structure.