Chile was supposed to inaugurate the country’s first drawbridge this week in the city of Valdivia. Unfortunately, the drawbridge was faulty — it had been constructed with at least one traffic deck upside-down!
The project wasn’t cheap to start with, weighing-in at a massive $30 million. The drawbridge was set to become a major landmark for Chile as it connects Valdivia with Teja island.
The screw up by the construction company in charge of the project has been somewhat of a laughing-stock in social media across Chile as Chileans try to fathom out how the company messed up the bridge.
President Sebastian Pinera was not so amused though, as he took the construction company, Azvi, to court over the matter:
“It can be fixed,… and it will be fixed by the company that made the mistake,” he said.
Public Works Minister Loreto Silva echoed the presidents sentiments: “The only responsible party is the builder. We are going to make them answer for this.”
The drawbridge is vital for the residents of Valdivia, which sits about 520 miles south of Santiago, and is home to around 125,000 residents.
Even though the construction company failed to comment on their side of the story, it is hoped, with all the jokes buzzing around Chilean social media, that the drawbridge will be fixed and erected as soon as possible.
It is vital not only for the residents of Teja and Valdivia, but also for the reputation of the country which is developing and transforming itself into a first world country. The last thing the Chilean authorities want is to be viewed as backwards, especially in light of the construction gaffe.