The Bridge of Life, as most of us call it, is the suspended walking bridge that connects Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincon de Guayabitos with Calle Bahia de Banderas in La Penita. It was originally constructed by the residents of the Zona Residencial in Guayabitos back in 2003 as a means of providing residents safe passage between the two towns and to help keep pedestrians off the busy highway. The immediate reduction in pedestrian related accidents on the highway proved the true value of the bridge.
The original cost of the bridge was approximately $20,000 USD.
Each year, a few Guayabitos residents get together to do necessary repairs to the bridge, replace deteriorated boards, rusted nuts, bolts and cables, cyclone fencing and paint as needed. These residents – Robert Finzer, Steve Finzer, Paul Finzer, Roger Attwood and others – undertake this important project with some financial help from the Guayabitos Homeowner’s Association; the balance comes out of their own pockets.
During the past nine years, many thousands of people have crossed the bridge along with the occasional motor bikes, scooters and horses. All of this traffic is taking its toll on the bridge.
This year, 24 cross boards were removed and replaced along with the other necessary repairs, all consuming in excess of 140 man hours. We greatly appreciate all the love and sweat these individuals have selfishly invested to keep “our” bridge in tip-top shape.
Soon (sometime within the next few years) the main suspension cables will need to be replaced. The estimated cost to do this is over $6,000 USD, in addition to hundreds of man hours and extra volunteers that will be needed to do the job.
In the past, we have requested donations from people as they crossed the bridge while it was being repaired. Most people were very happy to donate a few pesos to help keep the bridge in useable condition. But collecting this much money “a few pesos at a time”, will require a lot of extra time and energy.
If anyone would like to provide financial support to help replace the cables and/or for ongoing maintenance expenses, please contact me at David@JaltembaBayLife.com or any of the above named individuals. Or if you have a good idea on how to raise the funds, your ideas and help will be greatly appreciated.