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Chile Built Its First Drawbridge, But, Ya Know, They Built It Upside Down

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on January 10, 2014

Congratulations are in order for Chile, which completed work on the nation’s first drawbridge. The $30-million span was all set to open this month and finally connect Valdivia with Teja island above the Cau Cau River.

But the opening will have to wait. Inspectors charged with giving the bridge the green light found that at least one traffic deck, maybe two, was built upside down. Oops. Chile’s president and public works minister both immediately heaped all the blame Spanish infrastructure builders Azvi.

So far this is my favorite response to the story:

Man, between Christie and this jumper, so many bridges in the news these days, and, yet, no news on Beau anywhere to be found.

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