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Havana. November 12, 2014

Repairs on Turiguanó-Cayo Coco Causeway advance

Ortelio González Martínez
PHoto: Juvenal Balán

JARDINES DEL REY, Ciego de Ávila.—More than half of the bridges making up the Turiguanó-Cayo Coco causeway, which connects the island of Cuba with the northern cays of Ciego de Avila, has undergone major repairs during the last five years, as part of significant investment across these islets.

Among the causeway’s 12 bridges between 20 and 80 meters long, all facilitating the flow of sea currents, repairs to the seventh were concluded this year, accroding to civil engineer, Reuben Galban Hernandez, head of investments at the Ciego de Ávila Provincial Highways Center.

The comprehensive effort also includes the completion of the La Pasa bridge (124 meters long), which links Cayo Coco and Cayo Romano, and works on another bridge providing access to Paredón Grande, another of the islets included in the development plan for the northern coast of Ciego de Ávila, over 80% of which has been completed.

According to the specialist, works are expected to continue on the Romano-Jigüey road over the remainder of this year, as well as the construction of another bridge (with foundations currently being laid) on the Turiguanó-Cayo Coco causeway, and protective breakwaters on both sides of the bridge, which will continue into 2015.

The works undertaken have also included replacement of girders, slabs on which the bearing layer sits and supports for the tops of the bridges, as well as the tarmacing and waterproofing of the structures, as in many cases it was necessary to first prepare the seabed, which was seriously damaged when Hurricane Ike struck in September 2008.

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