Located more than 300km from Panama City in the western half of the country, the community of Sequidules is made up largely of subsistence farmers, who cultivate rice and yucca and raise cattle. Currently, residents are cut off from the nearest hospital, health clinic, government services, and secondary school when the Seguidules River floods and becomes impassable.
To get to market and sell their goods, farmers cross the river on horses or dangerously on foot. The Seguidules River floods for nearly half the year each year, between August and December. When the water swells to and over the banks, it becomes deadly. Last year, three people were killed or injured attempting to ford when the river was high. The 40-meter Seguidules Suspension Footbridge will provide safe, year-round access for the community, transforming not only the communities’ pedestrian routes but also their potential to thrive.
Five COWI NA bridge engineers will travel to Panama to begin construction of the superstructure of the bridge between May 27 and June 11, 2017. Follow their progress here as they use their expertise and knowledge to give back to the community.