Collapsed Rio Ameca Bridge Reopens
Published Dec 8, 2010, 11:17am - (Updated Nov 28, 2011, 6:54pm)
Nobody could have foreseen that strong water currents flowing down the Ameca River could destroy the northbound bridge connecting the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, which collapsed in the middle of the night, this past September 1, or the vehicular traffic chaos that ensued, despite the adjoining municipalities’ efforts to curtail it. However, today, only three months and eight days after the tragedy, the northbound bridge along Carr. 200 Norte will reopen to the public today, at noon. Juan Molinar Horcasitas, Secretary of Communications (SCT), along with Emilio González Marquez and Ney González, Jalisco and Nayarit governors, respectively, and Salvador González and Héctor Paniagua, Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas mayors, respectively, will be present for a brief, official ceremony.
Reconstruction of the bridge began two weeks after its collapse on September 1 (see image above). And although original predictions by the SCT estimated that its reconstruction would not be complete until March, 2011, the 100 million peso project was completed in record time, and two weeks before Christmas, a boom for visitors and locals.