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  • 2013: Carolina Bridge almost completed?
    2013: Carolina Bridge almost completed?
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  • 2013: A slab of the bridge fallen into the river
    2013: A slab of the bridge fallen into...
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  • 2013: Broken Carolina Bridge, on the right: ferry
    2013: Broken Carolina Bridge, on the...
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    The Ill-Fated Bridge

    by theo1006 Updated Jun 1, 2013

    Want to go to Joden-Savanna or Blaka Watra*? You'll have to cross Suriname river by the small ferry at Carolina. It was not always like that. For a short while a wooden bridge existed here. But it was destroyed during the “internal war” of 1986-89.
    When we visited Joden-savanne and Blaka Watra in December 2006 the remains of the wooden bridge lay side by side with a new concrete bridge under construction. But we learned then that construction had halted because of lack of funds (read: funds disappeared).
    We came again in May 2013. No trace left of the wooden bridge, but the concrete bridge looked as if it was almost finished. Yet there was a gap, two slabs missing. Local people explained what had happened. A drunken captain let his boat collide with the pillars under those slabs...
    So for the foreseeable future you still have to use the ferry.

    2013: A slab of the bridge fallen into the river 2006: Old and New Caroline Bridge (1) 2013: Broken Carolina Bridge, on the right: ferry 2006: Old and New Caroline Bridge (2) 2013: Carolina Bridge almost completed?
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