Puente Flotanante Opening

I have never caught the Puente Flotante / Floating Bridge opening or closing until today.

The Puente Flotante connects Santo Domingo Este, Ave. España (Ave Malecon), to Districo Nacional, Zona Colonial and Av Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó (El Malecon). It has had many problems and is not in the best shape. Large trucks are not permitted to use the bridge and it is shut down often for repair work.

Walking the dogs, Inteliperra and Buenagente (Dominican Dog Blog) this morning the motors were running as we crossed the bridge. This never happened before.

The motors and cables of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

We just made it across as they closed the blockades stopping humans, dogs and traffic from crossing.

They put the barricades down before all the vehicles had passed through so some of the fishermen came and lifted the block so the 3 vehicles could get out.

The road blocks are down at the Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

There were many official looking humans on the bridge as we crossed. It looked like they were doing an inspection because I saw no large boats approaching the bridge.

A Harbor Pilot, what I would call a tug boat, ship pulled up to the bridge then a larger boat with large vehicle tires surround it came and ran into the bridge.

The Harbor Pilots at the Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

The middle platform connecting both sides of the bridge slowly lifted.

Puente Flotante deck rising over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

The large boat kept pushing the bridge and it was moving.

The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo
The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo
The opening of Puente Flotante over Rio Ozama, Santo Domingo

It was interesting to watch.

Bridge Mauricio Báez Before and After

The Puente Mauricio Báez over the Río Higüamo in San Pedro de Macorís. This bridge over the Higuamo River at the time of building was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Caribbean. It is 626 meters long with the central span being 390 meters. It is valued at RD$ 1 billion pesos (at the time of building this was US$ 30 million more or less).
The bridge was inaugurated January 20, 2007 by then President Leonel Fernández.

I found some pictures I took February 2003 and wanted to share.
I remember taking these pictures. A friend was driving and we were talking. All of a sudden in front of us we saw this bridge being built. There were no warning signs. No road blocks. If we would have kept driving we would have fallen right into the river as the deck was not even down yet.

Building Puente Mauricio-Báez over  río Higüamo-02-26-2003
Building Puente Mauricio-Báez over río Higüamo-02-26-2003
Building Puente Mauricio-Báez over  río Higüamo-02-26-2003
Building Puente Mauricio-Báez over río Higüamo-02-26-2003
Puente Mauricio Báez over río Higüamo in San Pedro de Macoris 6-16-2013
Puente Mauricio Báez over río Higüamo in San Pedro de Macoris 6-16-2013
Puente Mauricio Báez over río Higüamo in San Pedro de Macoris 6-2-2013
Puente Mauricio Báez over río Higüamo in San Pedro de Macoris 6-2-2013
Puente Mauricio Báez over río Higüamo in San Pedro de Macoris 6-2-2013
Puente Mauricio Báez over río Higüamo in San Pedro de Macoris 6-2-2013

http://www.listin.com.do/ritmo-social/2007/1/26/1159/Inauguran-el-puente-Mauricio-Baez