Getting to the site
On Sunday, the COWI and American Bridge team met up with Maria and Devin from Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) and drove from Panama City to Seguidule. The drive took most of the day.
First stop was the grocery store in Santiago. Food was purchased which filled five shopping carts! Enough food to last only a couple of days.
Once the team left the main road, the remaining half hour was bumpy. The roads are composed of large, jagged rocks and it was quite the ride.
Next stop was the campsite. Luckily, the accommodations include a covered area adjacent to the local school (the future bridge will allow kids to across the water safely to get to school in the rainy season). Nearby is the work site.
The river is currently low during the build, around about a foot and a half deep. Even now, there are sections of the road covered by a foot of water. The rest of the road comprises of mud. Those who own horses traverse the road with relative ease, but most locals travel on foot.
Visiting the work site for the first time
The B2P team, along with the locals, have already finished work on the foundations. They have dug pits to install the anchorages and at the towers, the concrete work is complete along with approach ramps and tower bases.
Anna and Lucy
Adjacent to the bridge site lives Anna, Lucy, and their family. Anna and Lucy are volunteering to cook meals for the team for the duration of the stay. The first group meal was delicious, fried chicken and potatoes!
The rain came in the afternoon and down-poured. With the metal roof above, the rain drowned out all conversations. Luckily it passed quickly.
Tomorrow the work for the team begins!