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Building a bridge from start to finish

April 4, 2017

Here’s a walk through how our Bridges to Prosperity team built the bridge in Rwimvubu, Rwanda:

This handmade foot bridge used by children, the elderly and even animals was not safe and needed replacing:

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Survey equipment and photography are used to document that the cables a set properly before decking begins:

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Project Manager Dolly Triviz reading over the bridge plans:

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Construction Manager, Grzegorz Maksymiuk, shows community members what the bridge will look like:

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Before the team began work, our plans and photos were displayed to the community:

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Upon arrival, the bridge abutments are complete but the cable sag will need to be set:

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Taka Kimura helps release and tighten the cables so the height above the river is accurate:

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Haley MacSween bends rebar to create the suspenders for the crossbeams:

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Mike Stephan saws the wood used for the 60 meters of decking.

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Noel Cunningham measures each crossbeam while safety manager Chris Rhodes supervises:

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Ahmad Yasin attaches the crossbeams to the suspenders before the decking is applied:

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Teamwork is required to attach suspenders to crossbeams to ready them for decking:

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Alvenease Jackson wears a safety harness to help fasten decking to the crossbeams:

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Whitney Villalobos celebrates the end of 60 meters of decking:

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Construction manager celebrates a bridge complete!

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Every day the team joined with our community laborers for a needed lunch break:

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Elly Preston sings with the children of the community:

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The team demonstrates the new bridge:

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Leaving our legacy behind:

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  1. Pingback: Building gender balance—and a bridge—in Rwanda

  2. Traeci Devereaux


    So proud of my dear friend, and colleague Whitney Villalobos, and all of the CH2M team for building a bridge that will greatly improve the lives of the villagers!
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