Ecuador recently reinvented the Puerto Lopez malecon (beach front boardwalk). From beginning to end, construction covered a two year period. The 2.4 km malecon is completely upgraded and unrecognizable from it’s former self.
|New malecon from Victor Hugo Hotel
What was wrong with the old Puerto Lopez malecon?
A deteriorating road, crumbling sidewalk, and no public restrooms made up the old malecon. Two rivers had to be waded through during the rainy season to walk across them. During the dry season when no water flowed, we all drove through their dry bed to reach the other side of the river.
|Old malecon from Hotel Pacifico
Included bridges, washrooms and buried power lines
Some of the highlights though by no means a comprehensive list:
- The project included two new bridges, many public restrooms, and countless bricks. Power lines were buried, trees planted, playground equipment and streetlights installed. The paved and rutted road was replaced with a brick road and a bike path.
- Experts in several engineering specialties and heavy equipment were brought in from around the country.
- Everything was labor intensive. Much of the cement was mixed manually and hauled by wheelbarrow.
- Each bridge had it’s own team of engineers and workers. The amount of rebar used on each bridge was impressive.
|Bridge footing construction
|Walking across completed bridge
|The entire length has a walking / biking path
Completed Puerto Lopez malecon
My husband shot a 7 minute video in November 2016 from the north end of the malecon to the south end.
Has your town or neighborhood undergone a major construction project?
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