Suspended-Cable Pedestrian Bridge

Photo Credit: Timothy Lewis

This 255 ft. long suspended-cable pedestrian bridge is located in Nueva Providencia, Guatemala and was constructed in May 2012 by Marquette University Engineers Without Borders over the course of 15 days. The design uses concrete masonry foundations, steel suspension cables, concrete anchors, and wooden decking. This bridge type was selected because it will be far above the water line and in an extreme rain event, it would be safe from damage incurred by large floating debris in high water. The structure consists of 3 deck cables, 2 handrail cables, and wind guys on either side of the bridge for lateral stability. This bridge services a local community of more than 350 people and restores their year-round access to healthcare, employment, and education.