New Mabey bridge reconnects Puerto Rican community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

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Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria - After
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Puerto Rico - Mabey C200
Puerto Rico - Mabey C200 Build

Leading bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey has installed the new Rio Grande bridge in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria. The 58-metre bridge ensures the local community can once again access local amenities within five minutes, when they had been forced to travel for over an hour following the worst natural disaster on record to hit Puerto Rico. The faster connection also allows the agricultural community, the backbone of the local economy, to continue trading.

Due to the importance of this vital link – which connects a rural community to larger, urban areas – there was an urgency to deliver a new bridge in under three months. Mabey partnered with Viatek Corporation and Construcciones José Carro, S.E. to deliver the bridge within the record timeframe set by the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD), supporting the Puerto Rican government’s tireless efforts to reconnect communities as quickly and efficiently as possible following the disaster.

Discussing the new bridge, EFHLD said:“Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage, resulting in numerous fatalities and devastating rural infrastructure. Electricity was cut, and many bridges collapsed, leaving communities totally inaccessible. This new bridge brings some normality back to the lives of local people, helping them to access fundamental services faster. It also allows local farmers to transport goods across the country, which is a critical part of a longer-term recovery.”

The 58-metre Mabey Compact 200 (C200) was installed with emergency civilian ramps and integrated into a series of concrete abutments which remained following the hurricane.

Michael Treacy, CEO of Mabey Bridge, added: “It is impossible to overstate the importance of bridges to reconnecting communities. In the wake of a natural disaster, there needs to be a rapid response to rebuild infrastructure, and we are proud to have developed and delivered a solution for residents in Arecibo within three months. The bridge itself was erected in just 19 days, helping this rural community to once again reach larger, urban areas.”

The C200 is Mabey’s most widely used modular bridging product, with a heritage that stretches back over 70 years to the original Bailey Bridge system. The compact bridge can be used for both permanent and temporary applications and is one of the most cost-effective and fastest-to-implement bridging solutions available. It can also carry up to two lanes of traffic, with options for both external and internal footwalks.

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