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encor
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 10:57 am    Post subject: bridge history Reply with quote

....thanks, daphne becker and others who care about this community. seems there is still a long fight ahead. just imagine the chaos when the bridge suffers more damage......as it will with the way things are being handled.
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markfisher
Souper Duphus Senior River Rat


Joined: 09 Nov 2006
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Location: Guatemala / San Francisco

PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi where is the Daphney part please like to know more

thanks mark
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dennysbeach
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Joined: 22 Oct 2009
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I crossed on the ferry in December '76. Bridge was about half done.
The 6.9 earthquake that almost brought the bridge down was at least a decade later or more.
I had a wife and children whereas in '76 - '77 I was a backpacker. Clay who is now 20 says he was 8 or 9 years old.
It might interest you to know that they patched the tower up and did their best on the rest of the bridge and then emptied scores of tankers full of epoxy glue into the bridge to make it.....ahem.....sound again.
When the Guatemalans called the construction company complaining of excessive damage to their bridge, the contractors asked when the rubber shock absorbers had last been changed.
The reply was, 'What shock absorbers?'.
I imagine the bridge was about 20 years old and the rubber between the sections had never been replaced.
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avinsa
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Joined: 21 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

on july 11 1999 I felt a good shake in the Peten, rare around here, it must have been intense further south
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Scoop
Floundering Founder


Joined: 19 Oct 2006
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Location: On board m/v Steel Magnolia, Rio Dulce

PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The article neglected to mention the efforts of Eugenio Gobbato, Kevin and Louise Lucas, Emilio Mendizabal, Oscar Pensamiento and many others of Eco Rio who did so much to preserve the Rio Dulce from self serving corporate entities.

Search back in past articles in the Chisme-Vindicator for an appreciation of their efforts and accomplishments. Look under Eco Rio.

Here's a suggested link:

http://riodulcechisme.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=465&Itemid=2
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