• Short Summary

    After more than 30 years of often-interrupted work, a modern road-and-rail bridge has been opened across the Suchiate River forming the border between Mexico and Guatemala.

  • Description

    After more than 30 years of often-interrupted work, a modern road-and-rail bridge has been opened across the Suchiate River forming the border between Mexico and Guatemala.

    In a simple ceremony last Friday (30 May), President of Luis Echeverria of Mexico and the President of Guatemala, General Kjell Laugerud, met in the middle of the bridge at the official border and simultaneously cut a ribbon to open the new structure.

    The new bridge replaces an old, single-track wooden rail bridge.

    The 12-span concrete bridge, stretching 377.4 metres (413 yards) across the river is a triumph for technology and hard work. The surrounding jungle made construction difficult ant the shifting sands on which the bridge was laid posed complicated engineering problems.

    The separate concrete pylons were sunk 17 metres (18.5 yards into the mud of the riverbed to ensure a firm base.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADND4732US3AR384L8G0KZDNY2
    Media URN:
    VLVADND4732US3AR384L8G0KZDNY2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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