The Panama Bridge project has partnered with Rio Missions Panama to design a bridge for the village of La Gigi, Panama. The mountain community of La Gigi experiences heavy rainfall during the rainy seasons. A stream runs along the community, separating locals from their fields and other communities further up the mountain. While passable during dry seasons, the stream floods and becomes impassable after heavy rains. The residents are effectively cut off from their livelihoods, church, health services, and other communities during this time.
To accommodate this need, the Panama Bridge Team has spent the 2019-2020 school year designing an aluminum truss bridge, spanning 90 feet. The design includes a unique construction strategy to deal with challenging site constraints.
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Myers, Nathan A.; Brenneman, Erin M.; Gobeille, Samuel T.; Barner, Jordan; Eyster, Mikayla R.; Harro, Crosby; Hartman, Zachary C.; Moyer, Drew; and Thomas, Daniel, "Panama Bridge Project" (2020). 2020 Collaboratory/Engineering Symposium. 1.