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In November of 2020, a pair of tropical storms, Iota and Eta, swept through Central America. These two storms were the most powerful storms to hit Central America in decades. So when a bridge collapsed in the rural city of Gualán, Zacapa, Guatemala, they knew they needed to find a sturdy replacement bridge and fast. That’s why they relied on a trusted brand to provide a high-quality Liberty Bridge.

Security After the Storms

Tropical storms Iota and Eta created flooding, mudflows, and dozens of catastrophic landslides across Central America. Many cities and infrastructures were destroyed, including the collapse of a bridge in the rural city of Gualán, Zacapa. The community needed a new bridge quickly to help with recovery and keep the communities connected. And we’re proud to say that they chose us to supply them with our durable and fast-installing Liberty Bridge.

Engineers from the Guatemalan Military installed the prefabricated bridge into place. The Ministry of Communications, Infrastructure, and Housing worked alongside the Municipality of Gualán to supply the necessary input to complete the project’s installation. The project’s success improved the lives of over 1,900 families within the community.

Not Just for Emergencies

Our Liberty Bridge is a truss-style design that is adaptable to many different elevations. Its rigorous durability and quick installation make it ideal for emergencies. However, just like our other bridges, its high-quality materials make the bridge long-lasting.

Our lightweight design gives you a wide range of flexibility but one of its major advantages is its prefabricated panels. These panels are easy to transport and easy, perfect for quick construction. Not to mention, the sleek design of the bridge offers an esthetically pleasing structure.

Four years ago, Hurricane Maria battered most of Puerto Rico. This led U.S. Bridge to supply five separate Liberty Bridges throughout the island as quickly as possible. The completion of Puerto Rico’s five Liberty Bridges took a mere six weeks. Because of this quick turnaround, residents and communities on the island were able to reconnect in record time.

Seeing those results, it’s no surprise that they relied on us and our materials in Guatemala.

High-Quality Steel Shipped Internationally

U.S. Bridge produces high-quality versatile bridge designs to meet the needs of any situation. Our bridges are proudly produced in Ohio and can be shipped out internationally to help any community in need. U.S. Bridge is grateful for the opportunity to bring communities closer.

As an AISC-recognized supplier, we guarantee the best quality of steel in every project. Contact us for a free quote or use our exclusive Bridgescope tool!

Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico last year. With 155-MPH winds and severe flooding, the storm resulted in $100 billion in damage and took more than 4,000 lives, according to a report out of Harvard. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico and other hurricane-prone regions might not be out of the woods yet. According to forecasters, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico are among the areas that need to take hurricane season precautions in 2018, as well.

What the Meteorologists Say

An article in the Huffington Post reveals that the 2018 hurricane season could be tumultuous. A weak La Nina in the Pacific, coupled with warm waters in the Atlantic, may result in more storms striking the continental U.S., along with Caribbean islands and Central America.

Braniff Davis, a Hurricane Harvey recovery analyst for Houston, is particularly concerned about the effect another storm would have on the area.

“There’s still a sense of Harvey PTSD here; every time we get a minor flooding event (which is just part of life in Houston, let’s be honest) people are afraid of what it means,” he said.

Puerto Rico Hurricane Season Precautions

The need for precautions is particularly crucial in Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to rebuild the infrastructure that was destroyed in 2017. Not only did the storm damage 300,000 houses, but the island suffered electric grid failures, destroyed roads, and bridges. And despite the Puerto Rican governor’s pleas for $95 billion to rebuild, many requests for FEMA aid have been denied.

“Puerto Rico is not ready for another hurricane,” said Telemundo Puerto Rico journalist Ivette Sosa. “We still have blue roofs on hundreds of houses all over the island. We have municipalities that still do not have electricity, and people in those areas are getting desperate.”

With little idea of what the future may hold, Puerto Rico is focusing on new construction that prioritizes durability, sustainability, and mold resistance. Additionally, the island has been building new emergency bridges with the aid of U.S. Bridge.

Contact Us Today

At U.S. Bridge, we specialize in building emergency bridges with prefabricated panels assembled in modules. To learn more about how we’re helping Puerto Rico or what we can do for your city, call today or contact us online.