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…….
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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2 thoughts on “The Choluteca Bridge”
The Old Choluteca Bridge was built by US Army engineers as part of the Pan American highway and spans the river just north of the town of Choulteca. It has northing to do with the bridge pictured nor the story. That’s the New Choluteca Bridge, built by a Japanese construction company as part of a city bypass. Two minutes on Google maps would have shown you that the bypass is long since rebuilt and the river flows under the bridge once more. Two more minutes on Wikipedia would have shown you that the reconstruction was completed 17 years before this web page and that the bridge has been giving good service since then.
The idea given in this story that this is some metaphor, a bridge that stands useless and redundant but still maintained, is tosh. It’s the metaphor that’s useless and redundant, maintained on websites by people who have happily abandoned truth for a good yarn.
I write this comment in the hope that those struck by the romance of the story won’t spread the tosh further. Doing my bit to reverse entropy.
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Now this comment is an excellent story. I did indeed look at the map, and at the Wiki article. I also found that numerous stories have been published on the web about the bridge to “nowhere” and “what’s wrong with this picture” stories that tout folly of governments and preservationists. Quite clearly, they merely saw a picture, possibly taken right after the 1998 hurricane I assume, and drew some incredible assumptions…or else, knew they were intentionally distorting true facts.
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