At last the Puente de Río Chico in Órgiva has been replaced with a spanking new version, with its opening to traffic last Friday.
During the time that the bridge work had been going on, traffic was diverted behind the gasolinera over the smaller bridge next to the main one with a traffic light regulating traffic flow.
The Mayor of Órgiva, Raúl Orellana, together with a gaggle of minions, had the honour of being the first to cross the new bridge – construction workers had been going back and forth all day, but they didn’t count.
The Mayor gave a short speech, thanking the Junta for their rapid response to the need of doing something about the old bridge. Work had begun back in August with a budget of 524,775 euros. The job duration was calculated at five months, so it was completed in time.
The old bridge had been in a ruinous state and was in danger of giving up the ghost, so much so that the pillars had to go, as well as the platform.
Not only is it a new structure but this new version also sports a pedestrian footpath so that those wishing to cross the bridge don’t have to dodge vehicles.
(News: Orgiva, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)