Experts qualify the construction of the viaduct over the la Virgen Swamp as a work of high engineering, after completing the process that allowed to join the two sides of the bridge of more than 4,7 kilometers that rises over la Virgen swamp.
This project, considered as the most important work of engineering in the country, was developed under a under a new system never seen before in Colombia: the Top Down technology. This technology allows to build from top to bottom, to minimize the impact on the maritime ecosystem of the area.
This system allows the prefabrication of all the elements necessary for the construction of the bridge, such as beams, piles and heads, in an industrial warehouse, which allowed a minimum occupation of the swamp during construction.
“This technology allows a much cleaner process in terms of construction, with greater quality control, with shorter times and with minimal impacts to the marine environment of the area. It can be affirmed that, in the construction of this work, not a single drop of concrete was spilled over the swamp”, said the director of the works, Wilson Uribe Jaimes, of EPC.
This technology involves the use of two 650-ton beams, which were arranged at each end of the Viaduct. These beams mobilize the prefabricated and other materials and allow the driving of the piles, raising of heads and beams. The entire constructive process is developed from above, thus avoiding the affectation of the ecosystem of the swamp.
About Constructora MECO
MECO is a regional construction company specializing in earthworks, highways and tourist, industrial and commercial infrastructure works of great importance. With more than 40 years of presence in the market, MECO has been part of the development of large hydraulic projects, marinas, shopping centers, airports, and roads in Central and South America.
Today, MECO has projects in Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, and it is consolidated as one of the most important construction companies, committed to results, service and quality in the development of all its projects.