One Step at a Time: Engineer Helps Community Safely Cross Raging River

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Seattle, Washington. – August 21, 2013 – Brooke Shore, Project Engineer at PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., recently completed a volunteer bridge build internship in Ducuale Grande, Nicaragua, for Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that builds crucial footbridges in villages around the world.



The completed 220-foot span Ducuale Grande cable suspension bridge project solved severe isolation and safety issues for the surrounding community. During the rainy season, residents were unable to safely cross the Rio Ducuale in order attend secondary school and seek health care facilities. The new bridge also provides neighboring farmers with year-round access to the markets in Condega; the regional capital just beyond the bridge.
“Brooke was an incredible asset to our team at Bridges to Prosperity and all the professional interns make our work possible, as our staff often has three or four projects at any given time, often in varying reaches of the country,” said Avery Bang, Bridges to Prosperity Executive Director.  
Shore took a three-month sabbatical from PCL in Seattle to complete the project. “Participating in Bridges to Prosperity program was a very rewarding experience,” said Shore. “Being able to use my skills to help people around the world is an honor as a both an engineer and PCLer.”

How do footbridges help people?

Rural communities often live in a walking world. When the rivers swell, walks to school, work or visits to a doctor can become life threatening without a bridge to cross.
Those who survive on the least often do not have sufficient infrastructure servicing their communities. Safe and maintained trails and footbridges are necessary to lead healthy and productive lives. 

About Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists.  Our programs provide access to healthcare, education and markets by teaching communities how to build footbridges over impassable rivers, in partnership with organizations and professionals. We prove the value of our work through a commitment to the community and its bridge that lasts long after the opening celebration.
Bridges to Prosperity has built four footbridges in Rwanda, out of more than 120 bridges, providing safe crossings over impassable rivers to more than 500,000 people in 16 countries.

About the PCL family of companies

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch us build at

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