The Choluteca Bridge

Here’s an interesting “Bridge to Nowhere” story that takes us to Honduras. There, the US Army Engineers built a bridge to span Choluteca River only to find that Hurricane Mitch rerouted the river, making the modern bridge useless in the literal sense of the word. Have a look at the story behind this useless crossing that still stands to this day…….

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U.S. Army Engineers built a bridge over the Choluteca river in Honduras to withstand storms and hurricanes. In 1998 Hurricane Mitch brought floods, death and destruction to the area. 150 Honduran bridges were destroyed, but not the Choluteca Bridge.

When the flood waters receded the hurricane had re-routed the river to flow through a new channel. The bridge remaineda fine structure, but it spanned a river that was no longer there. 12 years later it still stands useless.

In 2020 there are excellent well-constructed bridges – but over re-routed rivers.

Offices with big open spaces have been empty for months. Many people have adjusted to working from home; they like not having to travel for work or meetings. Work is still being done, the river is still flowing – but it’s flowing outside the office building.

Our hospitals were designed and built for serious illness, medication, invasive procedures and cures…

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