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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, restricting their access to schools, employment options, and other communities. 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 last two academic years designing a 90 foot aluminum truss bridge. The design includes a unique construction strategy to deal with challenging site constraints.

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Spring 2021


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