Peru: Historic Balta Bridge to be repaired soon

Isabel Guerra

Balta Bridge, which connects Cercado de Lima with Rimac and Barrios Altos will soon be open to traffic again.

According to the Municipality of Lima, a preview of the reconstruction works will be presented today.

The bridge, which was built in 1870, remained in service until a unusually severe flood damaged its main stone pillar (that fell apart) last March.

Reportedly, the strong flood eroded the river’s bed, causing the pillar bases to fall; it also damaged two beams of the existing four, who ended up being in the air.

Thus, the Municipality of Lima had to close the bridge, both to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

The historic bridge, whose construction took almost three years, is expected to come back into service soon.

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