UTUADO, Puerto Rico – For the first time since Hurricane Maria washed away the Río Abajo Bridge, 60 families are no longer living in isolation. Safe transportation has been restored between the Río Abajo community and the town of Utuado with a new steel bridge.
“Through joint collaboration with the government of Puerto Rico, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division and FEMA, we were able to get the bridge completed to serve the community,” said Joe Girot, Transportation Sector Director at the JFO.
The Río Abajo is one of five bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria. Four others are under construction in various communities between Utuado and Arecibo, along the island’s north coast. Watch The Community of Río Abajo Inaugurates Their New Bridge video to see footage of the bridge before and after reconstruction.