The goal of this project is to construct a pedestrian bridge for the school so that the students can travel safely on an alternate path to the town instead of walking along the highway. Our EWB group plans to use a pre-existing pedestrian bridge that was originally designed for a nearby area in the municipality of Jama but was never installed due to the citizens relocating following an earthquake in April 2016.
During this assessment trip, EWB members met with town supervisors and leaders to better understand what the community desired from this project. We recorded an inventory of available materials along with results from soil bearing pressure tests, and met with the architect of the original bridge as well as the principal of the school. The contractor from our previous Tabuga projects will also be collaborating with us to implement our vision for this bridge.
We took another assessment trip with the Camarones team to Tabuga to reconnect with the community and to reassess their provided materials. Although it would be nice to use provided materials, we ultimately decided that they had withered over the years and were no longer strong enough to provide that safety standard needed to build this bridge.
Currently, our bridge team is working on fundraising through grants and corporate sponsorships, as well as writing a bridge operator’s manual and finalizing bridge drawings.