Bridge Project 2021: Kuñuri Pampa , Bolivia

In late 2020, UAlberta Engineers in Action was assigned our next bridge project - Kuñuri Pampa. Due to the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions, our group decided we would not travel this year. Whoever, bridge design and fundraising are business as usual. Not travelling this year has allowed us to push back deliverable deadlines and focus more on our newly developed design-subteams, as well as to conduct some additional research regarding on-site concrete disposal. Although the group is disappointed about cancelled travel, we are still utilizing this opportunity to learn and grow as a team. We look forward to hopefully travelling in 2022.

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Key impacts:

  • Approx. 235 local residents will benefit from increased daily access  

  • The river is impassable in the rainy season from October to March

  • Local residents are denied access to agricultural lands, the market, the school, and the hospital when the river is flooded

  • Prevention of approx. 1 injury per year