New Machu Picchu bridge construction begins

Alvaro Tassano

The project will take about 45 days to complete.

New Machu Picchu bridge construction begins

(Photo: Andina)

The project to build a new bridge connecting the town of Machu Picchu to the ancient sanctuary of Machu Picchu started Wednesday, December 7, and will take about 45 days to complete.

Work began by clearing the land, surveying it and removing the metal structure from the old bridge.

During the month and a half of construction (placement of substructure, structure and assembly), visitors will be transferred between buses, using a temporary pedestrian bridge.

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The new bridge is part of the inter-institutional agreement signed between Cusco’s Regional Government and the Municipality of Cusco.

The new 54.85 meters Acrow Bridge will replace the current Bailey style structure. The conditions of the old bridge have raised concerns as its collapse was warned by the mayor of Machu Picchu, David Gayoso Garcia, before the Ministry of Transport and Communications. After several joint efforts the work to improve the bridge is finally a reality.

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