The bridge over the Toa river ends: Guantánamo and Holguín join again

The bridge over the Toa River, demolished by the scourge of Hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba, in 2016, rejoined by road to the provinces of Holguin and Guantanamo, at the end of the smelting works of the last 75 meters of slab that they remained in that vial.

This engineering work, at 97 percent execution, is the first objective to be completed as part of the reconstruction to which the road between the cities of Moa and Baracoa will be subjected.

Pavel Rodríguez Rodríguez, director of the Provincial Center of Roads in Holguín, in statements to the Cuban News Agency, said that the repair of that road will directly benefit 26 population settlements with almost 90 thousand inhabitants.

The manager said that the works include pavement, underground drainage required, slope and gutter linings, in addition to the repair of its 25 bridges that today have structural limitations in the layout of more than 67 kilometers of the Moa-Baracoa road.

Rodríguez explained that this road allows the use of the ports of Moa and Antilla as alternatives to that of Santiago de Cuba, for the transportation of goods to Baracoa, avoiding risks for maritime navigation in operations with patanas through the Pass of the Winds, and likewise, it prevents the circulation of harrows loaded by the La Farola viaduct.

Due to the size of this construction project, it was decided to install an asphalt plant with a production capacity of 50 tons per hour and an aggregate mill to guarantee, between both, the stability of the road works.

The execution of the bridge, by members of the Simón Bolívar International Civic Military Rescue and Humanitarian Assistance Brigade, from Venezuela, counts at the same time with the participation of Cuban forces and specialists from the Ministry of Construction, with a greater presence of the Company Builder of Engineering Works, number 17, of the province of Holguín.

Major Germaín Veloz Camacaro, commander of the international humanitarian aid mission of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces at the head of the work, told ACN that the bridge is 225 meters long and 11 meters wide and 11.8 meters high.

Veloz Camacaro also commented that the new viaduct is erected 4.5 meters higher than its predecessor, with a Venezuelan construction typology that combines metal structures with reinforced concrete.

The bridge, he explained, will have a distance between its lights or piles of 50 meters, twice that which was destroyed by the hurricane, to prevent the formation of beatings during the floods of Toa, the largest river in Cuba.

Currently, work is being carried out on the installation of sidewalks and smelting of sidewalks, in the stormwater drainage system and paving work began in the stirrup of Baracoa.

The bridge over the Toa River, as part of the investment project on the most northeastern road in the country, will facilitate the flow of visitors to the Primada City of Cuba, to enhance the Baracoa tourist destination and the development of Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, World Heritage of Humanity since 2001.

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