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2017: Chillcani, Bolivia


Our chapter's most recent bridge project serves the community of Chillcani, in the Cochabamba district of Bolivia. The bridge spans 38 m and serves a community of appx 30 families. The expected traffic on the bridge each day includes students, families, and livestock. As agriculture is the main source of income for many families, this bridge will connect them to markets in the larger towns of Anzaldo, Cliza, Punata, and the city of Cochabamba. The May 2017 travel team included 7 UofT students, 2 UofA students, and 6 Bridge Corps members who kindly dedicated their expertise and time for the trip. Students were on-site for 25 days heading excavation, anchor setting, abutmen construction, through to decking. The team was hosted by the community and spent their free time hiking and bonding with community members.