Remember the infamous “bridge to nowhere”? Some years ago it was the favorite project of an Alaskan politician and funding for it slipped into an omnibus spending bill in Congress. Oddly enough, there was sufficient uproar about the boondoggle that the project was never executed. (Instead, a road to nowhere took its place.) Learn more here.
Chapala entered the race for the bridge to nowhere title in late 2019 and early 2020.
Here in Chapala, the local government was not called upon to finance this bridge. Instead, local press coverage reported that the restaurant which the bridge is in front of funded the effort. The suggestion was that the bridge would allow boats to offload potential customers for the restaurant.
However, the lake would not rise during the rainy season to allow such boat traffic. So the bridge just sat…………until recently.
Then a couple of weeks ago, a flurry of activity materialized, extending the bridge closer to the water.
Workers extended the bridge to basically double its original length and added the slats so that the bridge would be actually usable.
Then they creosoted the woodwork and added roping to create sides for the walkway.
So now we have a finished bridge, privately financed, to nowhere. Will it turn out to be a profitable project? We’ll be watching!