For the past weekend we travelled to Boqueron for a site visit and a community meeting. Representatives from all 4 communities that the bridge will be serving were present at the meeting. Some concerns were raised about bridge construction timeline and the division of work within the communities. These are standard issues that are best to bring up before construction begins so everyone is clear about expectations.
As I said earlier, we were having issues with the alignment of the bridge so we wanted to explore the nearby area for alternate placement sites for the bridge. One of the locals escorted us through the area and we had a little brigade of curious kids that followed us everywhere. We noted down a few other alternates that will be brought up in the meeting this week with EWB-panama and Panama Canal Authority.
We decided to spend the night at the community because during the meeting we had expressed our interest of looking for more possible bridge locations for 2014 and an indigenous community by San Juan de Pequene about 2 hour hike away is in need of a bridge. One of the families living close to the Boqueron bridge site kindly offered us a room in their house and a meal for the night. We will be up early to hike out to San Juan de Pequene.