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Nicaragua Built a Bridge and They Want You to Clap for Them

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Nicaragua will soon finish its bridge over the San Juan River, connecting itself with the rest of Central America and they are pretty darn proud. The bridge, they say, will bring trade and economic development for the small producers in the rural border zone, while providing an important piece of infrastructure to promote Central American integration; and probably let a few people cross the border as well.

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Original Article Text From Prensa Latina:

Nicaragua to Inaugurate Border Bridge Connecting Central America

With cooperation from the Japanese government, the construction of a new bridge over the San Juan river to favor the flow of exports and people between Nicaragua and Costa Rica will soon be concluded.

The bridge is expected to open up in April or May. Right now, the final works include the setup of guardrails and sidewalls, said Pablo Fernando Martínez, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport.

He highlighted there has not been any accidents during the three years of works, which stand out for the quality of their design and the technology used.

Fernández recalled President Daniel Ortega laid the ceremonial cornerstone of the bride and he is expected to participate in the upcoming inauguration of the international crossing.

The bridge is about 360 meters long and has an expected service life of more than a hundred years, with the appropriate maintenance.

The bridge promises to bring trade and economic development for the small producers in the rural border zone, while providing an important piece of infrastructure to promote Central American integration, the minister added.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency granted $30 million dollars and provided technical assistance for the bridge construction.

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From Prensa Latina

  • robo

    This bridge is in fact a big step in the right direction for Nicaragua.

    I don’t understand why the headline of this article says “Nicaragua Built a Bridge and They Want You to Clap for Them”.

    I imagine Nicaraguans would find that choice of words rather insulting.

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