The bridge will serve La Guaya, a small town of 1,000 people outside of Bogota. La Guaya River had been impassable in bad weather, requiring the community to take a two-hour detour to access markets, schools and medical services. “This small footbridge will have a profound and immediate impact on the lives of a remote community, which is a humbling reminder that contributing our skills and expertise makes a real difference,” said Joanne McCall, Parsons senior vice president and executive sponsor for the team.
For two weeks, Parsons’ team worked with representatives from B2P and Puentes de la Esperanza as well as local residents to construct the bridge. In addition to sending 11 employees to assist with the build, Parsons also provided engineering services to meld together two bridge designs - suspension and deck - for the project. The deck was the technology used locally by Puentes de la Esperanza and the suspension aspect brought together technologies used by both Parsons and B2P.
It was first footbridge-building project in Colombia for both Parsons and B2P. Parsons Group president Michael Johnson said that, through the Parsons Gives Back Program, the company evaluates the needs of communities and determines where it can help the most. "That’s why we became Bridges to Prosperity’s Country Sponsor last year and made a commitment to lend our advice, expertise, and hard work to this life-changing project.”