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'Spanish firm built our bridge upside down'
The Local (Spain) ^ | 08 Jan 2014 17:05 GMT+01:00

Posted on 01/11/2014 4:44:49 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin

The grand opening of Chile's first ever drawbridge has been delayed after it emerged at least one traffic deck had been installed upside down. Now the country's president is blaming the project's Spanish developer for the mistake.

The $30-million (€22-million) drawbridge project was supposed to open this month, and become an instant landmark connecting Valdivia with Teja island by bridging the Cau Cau River.

But it has ended up a laughing stock in local social media, as Chileans wondered how construction workers managed to mess up something as seemingly clear as up and down.

Twitter users in Chile have parodied the building error with (fake) images like the one in the tweet below:

Problemas con la instalación de nuevo puente en Valdivia. Los quiero mucho. pic.twitter.com/g3g0UJKHmf — Ed (@edbvd) January 6, 2014

The fail has also got President Sebastián Piñera a bit defensive. "It can be fixed, ... and it will be fixed by the company that made the mistake," Pinera said dropping the ball in the court of Spanish infrastructure builders Azvi.

Inspectors getting ready for opening day found that either one or two of the traffic decks were installed backwards, authorities said.

"The only responsible party is the builder. We are going to make them answer for this," Public Works Minister Loreto Silva.

A spokesperson from Andalusia-based Azvi company told The Local the company was now reviewing information provided by Silva's department.

As yet, no new opening date for the bridge has been announced.

Valdivia, 840 kilometers (520 miles) south of sprawling Santiago, is home to about 125,000 people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5bG2JSC6RU

A video showing how the Valdivia drawbridge should actually operate.

January has not been a good month for Spanish developers in Latin America. Spain's infrastructure giant Sacyr — part of a consortium contracted to expand the Panama Canal to accommodate new super container ships — is currently embroiled in a costs row with the Panama Canal Authority.

The two parties are in negotiations over who will pay for cost overruns.

Spain's Public Works minister flew to Panama for emergency talks in a spat that threatens the future of the critical project.


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1 posted on 01/11/2014 4:44:49 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin
become an instant landmark

It did.

2 posted on 01/11/2014 4:47:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

No wonder our Congress is so enamored with Spanish speakers. They would fit right in!


3 posted on 01/11/2014 4:48:20 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Meanwhile the Italians and Spanish are working on the Panama Canal. What could go wrong?


4 posted on 01/11/2014 4:52:29 PM PST by csvset
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Note there is no picture of the actual fail.


5 posted on 01/11/2014 4:52:37 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Dreamers!


6 posted on 01/11/2014 4:52:42 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: DeaconBenjamin
The $30-million (€22-million) drawbridge project was supposed to open this month, and become an instant landmark connecting Valdivia with Teja island by bridging the Cau Cau River. But it has ended up a laughing stock in local social media, as Chileans wondered how construction workers managed to mess up something as seemingly clear as up and down.

Government overseers employing union labor. What could go wrong?

7 posted on 01/11/2014 4:54:07 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: DeaconBenjamin
The Chileans should have hired an Italian company.
They are the best bridge builders in the world. Have been for a long time.
8 posted on 01/11/2014 4:54:56 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“That’s not a bug, that’s a feature.”


9 posted on 01/11/2014 4:55:09 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: DeaconBenjamin

How prescient was Ayn Rand?


10 posted on 01/11/2014 4:55:48 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: NonValueAdded

That is because there is not much to see. Until you try to raise/lower the bridge. Then it doesn’t work.


11 posted on 01/11/2014 4:56:19 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“at least one traffic deck had been installed upside down.”

This company should be getting a lot of Australian bridge construction contracts soon.


12 posted on 01/11/2014 4:56:45 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Alex Murphy

Actually this is pretty simple, the bridge section was
fabricated in Spain which is above the equator and the
bridge was built in Chile below the equator. So it
was a case of simple misunderstanding.
If they take the bridge section back to Spain, every thing
will be fine...


13 posted on 01/11/2014 4:58:42 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Well, here in the good old USA, I saw a fire station built with doors that were too small for the firetrucks.


14 posted on 01/11/2014 5:00:00 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Gee, and Texas tried to get these chingalera’s to build our highways.


15 posted on 01/11/2014 5:00:54 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

In government speak ... it meets the government requirements and specifications.


16 posted on 01/11/2014 5:01:54 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (It's difficult to differentiate between a hog calling contest and a Senate rollcall.)
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Am I racist if I laughed?


17 posted on 01/11/2014 5:02:34 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ?..................... Enforce the Bill of Rights................... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Years ago the company that rebuilt the main road through our hometown didn’t match the road to the side streets. The side streets met the road at a point about 3 feet higher than the new road.

When they tore up the old road they neglected to refill it to the right level. I don’t know how they missed it because the curbs went in before repaving and you would think someone would notice the waist high curbs.

They eventually came back and cut the side streets down to the new road grade. It looks kind of odd to this day because the curbs are 3 feet high everywhere but the corners and the side streets have a sharp little hill right at the corner.


18 posted on 01/11/2014 5:05:39 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: csvset

Italians do great with ships, sports cars, bridges, and canals. Spanish, not so much.


19 posted on 01/11/2014 5:23:51 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: blueunicorn6

Scetv’s new facility built in the mid 90s had hallways big enough to drive a car though. Why is anyone’s guess but the great architect forgot to put a large enough door in the plans.


20 posted on 01/11/2014 5:26:41 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Didn’t Spain just build submarines that could not go to sea?


21 posted on 01/11/2014 5:28:54 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: csvset

Having worked with many nationalities, the only ones I would trust with a bridge would be the Germans.


22 posted on 01/11/2014 5:32:25 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: BenLurkin

The company I worked for, contracted to manage a newly built hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mex, where the builder forgot the 2nd floor, where all of the offices were to be located.. I got down there only to discover the problem..

Another hotel in Guatemala, decided to put a swimming pool on the roof, after the property was finished with construction, but before it opened.. The pool construction went ok, but when they started to fill the pool, the roof floor collapsed, alerting everyone to escape in time to watch the building come down in a pile of rubble.. LOL


23 posted on 01/11/2014 5:35:33 PM PST by carlo3b (Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.. Henry Kissinger)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

This thread is useless without pictures.


24 posted on 01/11/2014 5:36:11 PM PST by 867V309 (Obama- he's just crazy enough to do it.)
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To: cripplecreek

In Baltimore, they are building an express toll road parallel to the highway (idiots) It looks like something got really screwed up. Suddenly, a section that appeared done suddenly had huge cranes and equally huge holes dug in the fresh asphalt.

No word on why.


25 posted on 01/11/2014 5:37:25 PM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: 867V309

CGI Federal wins yet another major contract.


26 posted on 01/11/2014 5:40:18 PM PST by Robwin
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To: blueunicorn6

Years ago, an old guy owned an empty lot across from his house. The city decided to build a new firehouse, and this looked like a good place. It had been vacant for many years.
The old guy watched day after day until the firehouse was up and running.
Then he went to the city and said, ‘That’s my lot’. I don’t know how it ended. It was east coast, so probably not good for the old man.


27 posted on 01/11/2014 5:42:09 PM PST by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: 867V309
if the thread is useless w/o pictures, why did you read it?

Where is your imagination? You picture things in your head. Maybe they don't teach that in public schools just look at your phone. geese.

28 posted on 01/11/2014 5:44:42 PM PST by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: BarbM

I had to read it to find out what was in it :)


29 posted on 01/11/2014 5:46:14 PM PST by 867V309 (Obama- he's just crazy enough to do it.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
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30 posted on 01/11/2014 5:52:54 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Thanks!


31 posted on 01/11/2014 5:56:38 PM PST by 867V309 (I love potatoes-except, of course, Lena Dunham)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“Ted Kennedy, paging Ted Kennedy. You’re wanted on the Bridge Help Line.”


32 posted on 01/11/2014 6:00:04 PM PST by moovova
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To: 867V309
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33 posted on 01/11/2014 6:03:04 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, my. Your description of your town’s main road construction is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time!


34 posted on 01/11/2014 6:15:27 PM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
"They said draw bridge, nobody actually said build it..."
35 posted on 01/11/2014 6:20:47 PM PST by mikrofon (Lost in Translation)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Misleading title. Upside down, no! misaligned, yep.


36 posted on 01/11/2014 6:22:49 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

There are elevated aqueducts that ‘Italians’ built in France and Britain almost 2000 years ago that are still standing.


37 posted on 01/11/2014 6:28:22 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ETL

Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown is going to want one of those now.


38 posted on 01/11/2014 6:29:44 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Kirkwood

Saw a few hundred trees lining a boulevard in Italy. Every other one was dead. I asked a local and he said, “The workers planted every other tree sapling upside down in the hope they would be called back to replant the dead ones.”

The govt decided that the trees were OK more widely spaced and didn’t bother to tear out the dead ones to spite the workers, who were locals.


39 posted on 01/11/2014 6:31:49 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: bmwcyle

>> “Didn’t Spain just build submarines that could not go to sea?” <<

.
What, did they shrink when they got wet?


40 posted on 01/11/2014 6:34:03 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

No, they could not submerge.


41 posted on 01/11/2014 6:37:35 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: editor-surveyor
Click here
42 posted on 01/11/2014 6:40:11 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

The misalignment photo is fake, as noted in the article.


43 posted on 01/11/2014 6:40:16 PM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: editor-surveyor
What, did they shrink when they got wet?

No, it was warm weather when they built them so they installed screen doors.

44 posted on 01/11/2014 6:41:22 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Show me on google maps.


45 posted on 01/11/2014 6:43:21 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Italy is home to some of the best and biggest bridge fabricators in the world. I have visited most of them. Italian fabricators are amazing.


46 posted on 01/11/2014 6:44:07 PM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Doesn’t pass the smell test. A lot of things need to go wrong to build a bridge upside down. I assume they are referring to the deck of the bridge.


47 posted on 01/11/2014 6:45:57 PM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: DeaconBenjamin

It’s a new kind of bridge called an “Over Under Bridge”.

I’ve been looking for a picture of this upside down bridge but I can’t seem to find one.


48 posted on 01/11/2014 6:50:11 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: cripplecreek

Please post pictures of the streets in your town or direct us to where we can see them. How long have the streets been like this?


49 posted on 01/11/2014 6:51:34 PM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: editor-surveyor

I went to school in Italy and have every respect for the Italians- I am half Sicilian, by the way.

I did speak too quickly. I just admire the Germans I worked with- the Italians and French were more interested in eating, drinking molto vino and their mistresses.


50 posted on 01/11/2014 7:09:15 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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