The community of Arenales and its neighboring communities have had consistent trouble crossing the Gran Rio de Estelí, one of the largest rivers in Nicaragua. The community of Arenales is less than a kilometer from the Pan-American Highway, the river stands between them and consistent safe access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities.
The municipality of Condega built a bridge in the early 2000s that failed in 2011, with the walkway being rebuilt as a temporary solution in 2012. While the bridge is still there today, its temporary nature has left it dangerous to cross with many missing decking planks and the next large storm threatens to destroy the bridge all together, leaving the community of Arenales cutoff from schools, health centers, and jobs.
Bridges to Prosperity in conjunction with volunteers from the local community, as well as Industry Partners Kiewit Construction Co, and KPFF Consulting Engineers will construct a 400 foot long suspension bridge benefitting and estimated 3,300 people.
This work will commence January 27th through February 15th.