Punta del Este: vehicular traffic over the La Barra bridge was enabled for the 2023 summer season

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From now on, the maximum speed to drive through the structure will be 30 kilometers per hour and trucks or heavy vehicles will not be allowed to enter

The mayor of Maldonado, Enrique Antía, announced this Friday during the launch of the summer season 2023 in Punta del Este , which enabled the La Barra bridge number 2 for light traffic with a weight maximum of 5 tons.

Antía pointed out that, thanks to the shoring tasks, the infrastructure managed to rise around 86 ​​centimeters, after having descended more than one meter.

“In the last few hours, resistance tests were carried out and signs were painted, while a speed control< was placed /b> and weight”, expressed

Punta del Este: vehicular traffic over the La Barra bridge was enabled for the summer season 2023

< p class="paragraph">From now on, the maximum speed to drive on the bridge will be 30 kilometers per hour and heavy traffic will not be allowed to enter.

In her speech, Antía thanked them for “remembering Maldonado” to carry out this launch in the department “being a true land of encounters”.

On October 24th the Maldonado Municipality (IDM) placed the first pile that would support bridge number two in La Barra and was working on the installation of the second.

Punta del Este: vehicular traffic over the La Barra bridge was enabled for the summer season 2023

In mid-September the authorities of the department of Maldonado decreed the temporary closure of the La Barra bridge, one of the two main accesses to the seaside resort of Punta del Este, due to failures that put to the structure in serious risk of collapse.

One of the La Barra bridges was closed due to a crack

“It is not very serious, but it presented some effects that we want to catch in a timely manner,” said Darío Camacho, general director of the Maldonado Works Administration (IDM), at the time.

At the time of the closure of the infrastructure, the authorities clarified that it was not a question of serious structural failures but that they were considering definitively diverting the heavy traffic to another area while the < b>corresponding studies. “It could be along routes 39, 9 and 104, which has just been built,” they specified.

As the days went by, the situation worsened until “real danger to the structure” was detected, according to the IDM in a report. In this context, measures were taken such as prohibiting navigation in the area and a repair plan divided into two stages was stipulated.

Punta del Este: vehicular traffic over the La Barra bridge was enabled for the summer season 2023

< p class="paragraph">“We are talking about a bridge that is 22 years old, in a place that is also affected by the environment. And it is also a bridge of a totally atypical construction”, said Darío Camacho, general director of the Maldonado Works Administration (IDM).

The second undulating bridge of La Barra, declared As a “Well of Heritage Interest”, it was built in 1999 during the administration of then President Julio María Sanguinetti and the mayor of Camilo Tortorella, and is a replica of the first one built in 1965. These two structures cross the Maldonado stream and connect the city of Punta del Este with the exclusive beach resort of La Barra, which is highly frequented by tourists from Argentina and other countries. .

(With information from El Observador)

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