Mar 14, 2018, 12:55 AM ET

Puerto Rico town gets new bridge 6 months after hurricane washed away old one


It's been nearly six months since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, and while many communities are still struggling, one is celebrating a small victory.

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When Maria made landfall Sept. 20, a bridge connecting 60 familes to Utuado, a town of about 33,000 two hours southwest of San Juan, was washed away.

On Tuesday, Gov. Ricardo Rossello was on hand to dedicate a new bridge near the site of the old one.

"Utuado was at one point considered ground zero after the most devastating, slowest and most impactful natural catastrophe in the modern history of Puerto Rico," Rosello said.

When ABC News arrived in Utuado less than two weeks after the storm, residents had cobbled together a makeshift ladder to reach what was left of the bridge from the waterbed. Over the following weeks, a jerry-rigged shopping cart on a line became a lifeline for food and medicine.

Rossello, joined by a resident who'd been left stranded, christened the new bridge with a bottle of champange and called it a symbol of "the commitment and the resiliency of the people of Puerto Rico.”

PHOTO: New bridge connecting Utuado communities opened on March 13, 2018Government of Puerto Rico
New bridge connecting Utuado communities opened on March 13, 2018

News - Puerto Rico town gets new bridge 6 months after hurricane washed away old one

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  • rightened

    It's time that Puerto Rico is allowed to open its ports to other countries--for trade, for aid, and for travel.

    The main reason that the island has failed its residents over the past 100 years is because Puerto Rico is a U.S. possession... which means, the U.S. tells everyone else, "Stay away." Which means that Puerto Rico can't cater to other countries' enterprises and, in turn, generate its own economy in a give-and-take relationship.

    Puerto Rico is dependent upon everything to come from the mainland. And look how that's worked out.

  • QuestionAuth

    Orangey, you're doing a helluva job.

  • Carlos Torres

    Carlos Ian From Canovanas Puerto Rico Who Owns the Carlos Ian Events LLC is SCAMMER!This business does not operate on ethical business practices and I have already filed a very detailed complaint with the BBB. Do NOT recommend anyone do business with them.

  • ogregunner

    Hope they built this one storm resistant.

  • PhatDevil

    6 months for a bridge...... It's a start (i guess), now let's see how long it takes til they get clean water, electricity, food, medicine, etc.

  • whitepine

    Trump and the Republicans failed Puerto Rico.

  • Cybersaw

    Is it asking too much for a picture of the new bridge, since that's what the article is about?