The Rio Abajo Footbridge

COWI North America and Kiewit

Rio Abajo, Esteli, Nicaragua


The isolated community of Rio Abajo in Nicaragua required an 81 m footbridge over a fast-moving river to provide year-round access to schools, clinics and markets in a nearby town. The COWI Bridge and Kiewit team reviewed the footbridge design, provided funding, and sent a team to construct the bridge with local volunteers. The team successfully completed the project on an accelerated construction schedule, despite challenges due to the rural environment and language barrier.

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