The first drawbridge to ever be built in Chile has become an international joke after the grand opening of the $30 million project had to be pushed back due to at least one of the bridge’s traffic decks being installed incorrectly.
The bridge was built over the Cau Cau River to connect Valdivia with Teja Island. The mix-up has made the bridge a laughingstock on social media.
¿El jefe de obra del puente Cau Cau en Valdivia podrá resolver este desafío? pic.twitter.com/GyM4NYdA0a— Edu^2 (@AlephEdu) January 6, 2014
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera doesn’t find it so funny. "It can be fixed, and it will be fixed by the company that made the mistake," Pinera said.
"The only responsible party is the builder. We are going to make them answer for this," said Public Works Minister Loreto Silva.
Spanish construction company Azvi was alerted to the error. The auto platforms were reportedly installed upside down, though they were possibly backwards.
Azvi released a statement saying the bridge would be fixed "without major work."
"The controversy about the bridge being built upside down is meaningless, as both sides are symmetrical," the company stated. Azvi added that the bridge is "currently running" and "has no structural problems."
Infografía en EM graficó error al armar puente en Valdivia. El la ciclovía (en rojo) la que "acusa" pic.twitter.com/31tOtYNY2B— SalvadorSchwartzmann (@S_Schwartzmann) January 7, 2014
El ingeniero del puente Cau Cau en Valdivia el día antes de instalar los brazos basculantes. pic.twitter.com/cyh4W36xmv— ROBIN HOOD (@CarlosAmpuero) January 6, 2014