Parrita bottleneck bridge headed for scrap heap

Workmen using a crane will begin to dismantle the former railroad bridge that has been used for motor vehicles in Parrita. The one-lane bridge has been replaced by a modern structure, and now transport officials are closing the road several hours at a time while a crane takes away parts of the bridge.

The work was to start at 4:30 a.m. today and continue until 6 a.m. The crane is working from the parallel new bridge. Workmen were to open the new span to traffic from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and then close it again for two hours so the crane could do more work on the metal bridge. The bridge was supposed to be open to traffic from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Workmen leave the job at 4:30 p.m.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that pedestrians, individuals on bikes and those on motorcycles can use the bike path on the new bridge while work is going on.

The ministry said workmen are taking their time to avoid any damage to the new bridge. The route is part of the Costanera Sur.

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