The Aguacate II Vehicular Bridge in the municipality of Joyabaj, Guatemala is a 60-ft clear span reinforced concrete girder bridge. This bridge crosses a river that regularly floods during the wet season of December-April and is not able to be crossed on foot or by vehicle. The river separates the three villages of Aguacate, San Luis, and Limares from Joyabaj. The residents of the three villages want the ability to travel to Joyabaj for the larger regional hospital and markets. This bridge will provide year-round reliable access to schools on either side of the river as well, and thereby ensures that rural communities will not be cut off from education, healthcare, and economic development during a large storm.
We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the EWB-Wisconsin Professional Partners on this project. They provided funds, design mentorship, travel mentorship and this project would not have been possible without them.
Project Manager: Trey Horbinski
Faculty Advisor: Todd Davis, Ph.D., PE
Responsible Engineer in Charge: Gary Raasch, PE, CFM
Structural Design Mentor: Brian Sides, PE
Geotechnical Design Mentor: John Siwula, PE
Water Resources Design Mentor: Gary Raasch, PE, CFM
Special thanks to Mike Paddock and Kevin Hagen for additional design mentorship.