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Re: Arroyo bridge pictures

Posted by Lois Lane on October 14, 2008, 7:32 am, in reply to "Re: Arroyo bridge pictures"
Message modified by board administrator October 14, 2008, 9:46 am

Excerpted from La Manzanilla Memo in the September 20 edition of the Guadalajara Colony Reporter:

Infrastructure on the south side of town is being upgraded as well. A new bridge is under construction across the arroyo at Maria Asuncion. It will replace the old pedestrian bridge destroyed in 2007.

Hundreds of expatriate and Mexican families live in the old residential section on the other side of the arroyo. The river bed, dry enough to be driven across throughout much of the year, can become a rampant river during the rainy season.

Such was the case last September, when rain from tropical storm Henriette sluiced down the arroyo, taking land, homes and the rusting metal-truss footbridge with it. The river wasnĺt fordable for several days, stranding people on both sides.

The rains that have drenched La Manzanilla this summer recently swelled the arroyo to impassable. For a day or two, even four-wheel-drive vehicles couldnĺt cross.

Four concrete pylons are already in place awaiting the new iron span and access ramps. Built to withstand torrents stronger than those produced by Henriette, the new bridge will rise 20 feet above the river bed.

Although designed primarily for pedestrian use, Mayor Guzman said it also could hold light emergency vehicles. The new and improved bridge is anticipated to be completed by the end of September.

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