• Short Summary

    A group of United States army engineers has undertaken an emergency project to clear the Atlantic Highway between Guatemala City and El Rancho, Guatemala, which was blocked after last February's earthquake.

  • Description

    A group of United States army engineers has undertaken an emergency project to clear the Atlantic Highway between Guatemala City and El Rancho, Guatemala, which was blocked after last February's earthquake.

    The engineers have also undertaken to put up a temporary bridge to bypass the one at Aguacaliente, which was completely destroyed in the earthquake.

    Planning the project was put in the hands of an 11-man team-specialists in solid structures, water resources, geology, hydraulics, bridge and road construction and the use of explosives. They arrived on the scene within days of the earthquake and immediately began a restoration study of the highway from the air and on the ground.

    Shortly afterwards, 59 more engineers and surveyors arrived with several tons of equipment. They were joined by more than 400 U.S. Navy personnel specialised in construction work.

    Men and equipment are now busy clearing the highway of landslides, restoring the roadway where it had sunk and building the temporary bridge.

    Once the highway is opened, the Guatemalan Department of Roads will be expected to maintain it and to install permanent drains. Completion date for the operation is set for the end of April.

    In addition to causing untold damage to Guatemala, the February earthquake took almost 25,000 lives and left more than one and half million homeless.

    SYNOPSIS; In Guatemala a group of United States army engineers has undertaken an emergency project to clear the Atlantic Highway between Guatemala City and El Rancho, heavily damaged in last February's disastrous earthquake. They have also undertaken to put up a temporary bridge to bypass one at Aguacaliente which was completely destroyed.

    The engineers arrived on the scene within days of the earthquake and carried out their surveys. They were then joined by more than 400 U.S. Navy personnel specialised in construction work. In the meantime, the equipment required for the project had arrived by three special cargo transport ships from Morehead City, North Carolina. Man and machine immediately got busy clearing the highway of landslides, restoring the roadway where it had sunk and building the temporary bridge.

    Once the highway is completed, the Guatemalan Department of Roads will be expected to maintain it and to install permanent drains. They will also be required to eventually repave the highway and rebuild the Aguacaliente bridge.

    In addition to causing untold damage to roads, bridges and buildings, the February earthquake took almost 25,000 lives and left more than one-and-a-half million homeless.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA74VEBM1V8TMG0LD0B3JENWMO
    Media URN:
    VLVAA74VEBM1V8TMG0LD0B3JENWMO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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