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.

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

Community Engagement Plan:

  • Language Barriers: All team members will be required to take a basic Spanish course focusing on communication necessary for construction

  • Door to Door Meetings: Show bridge photos and invite to kick off meeting

  • Community Kick off Meeting: Discuss with community project team structure and project schedule

  • Planning On-Site Activities:  Discuss with community members and mason(s) daily tasks and work together to address any concerns or implement changes.

  • Community-Led Construction Process: Quality control checks will also be explained to the masons and completed in partnership with them.

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Design by: Rochelle de Omania