U.S. Inaugurates Tallest Bridge in ES
On June 28, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Sean Murphy joined
President Mauricio Funes to formally inaugurate the tallest bridge in
The Nombre de Jesus Bridge, which passes 27 meters above El Salvador’s Lempa River, represents a final step in the completion of the Northern Highway, the major infrastructure project of El Salvador’s 5-year, $461 million compact with the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The bridge itself took 14 months to complete and cost $11.3 million. During the construction period, the project generated an average of 230 jobs per month for the residents of Chalatenango and Cabañas.
The significance of the Nombre de Jesus Bridge to residents
of the Northern Zone cannot be underestimated. Prior to its construction, the
only road connecting the departments of Chalatenango and Cabañas was a one-lane
path that could only be crossed by pick-ups and other four-wheel-drive
vehicles. By linking these two mountainous departments to each other and to the
Also participating in the ceremony with Chargé Murphy and President Funes were Salvadoran First Lady Vanda Pignato, Technical Secretary and President of the FOMILENIO Board of Directors Dr. Alexander Segovia, FOMILENIO Director Jose Angel Quiroz, local mayors and beneficiaries of the Northern Zone.