University of Alberta students spent the month of May in the South American village of Chavarria building a 39-metre cable suspension bridge through collaboration with Bridges to Prosperity, a United States-based non-profit.
The goal was to give farming families across the river from the village a way to cross during the rainy season, said U of A club president Mabel Smith.
“Mostly, the bridge is helping get kids to the school in the rainy season,” said Smith, currently in her final year of a civil engineering degree. “It also to help people access markets, health care.”
Using plans from Bridges to Prosperity, eight students completed a suspension bridge with a one-metre path fenced in by chain-link siding painted red, yellow and green — the colours of the Bolivian flag.