Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mexico's Bridges: Puente Los Amiales #1

As I traveled deeper into the interior of Colima, the bridges became simpler, but they still seemed quite effective. This little single span steel girder bridge is missing a railing and I'm not sure if there's any reinforcement in the abutments. Also, you have to wait to cross if someone is driving from the other direction.

Maybe this is a local agency bridge or maybe it's owned by a campansino. I like the thick concrete deck that looks like cream cheese on a bagel.

I first became familiar with the State of Colima through the writing of Ken Kesey who moved to Manzanillo for a couple of years to escape harassment from US drug enforcement officials. Apparently, his experience in Colima wasn't much better.

I finally got a chance to visit Colima after an M8 earthquake struck the coast in 2003 and the ASCE wanted a report on infrastructure damage. I inventoried 100 bridges in Colima and Jalisco, but the damage was very minor.
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