The day is finally here, it’s hard to believe so much has happened in the last week and a half!
Tired with lack of sleep and the physical effort over the last few days, yet with real anticipation we drove down to site early. Today was to be a full day of speeches dances and celebrations. Well not quite. We’ve discovered that not everything runs to time here, and today was no exception. The MC finally started up a full three hours after the scheduled 9am start. But hey, what’s three hours between friends, and what followed was well worth the wait.
There were lengthy and lively speeches from local politicians and from bridge committee members. There were poems and dances from local schoolchildren, there was dancing with locals and even a mock (thank god) circumcision ceremony, though I can’t for the life of me think why this was appropriate. The ceremony concluded with a procession to open the bridge officially and it was like nothing I’ve seen before. Hundreds of people crossing the bridge, watching and enjoying the day.
It was the perfect conclusion to our project. We came here to build a bridge that would radically transform and improve the lives of the community. Today we saw clearly the impact our work will have, and how appreciative everyone was. Bridges always bring people together, and we always have a sense of pride in our role in creating lasting engineering structures, but seldom do we get to appreciate the impact they have , close up, face to face. Wonderful!
Yesterday was rest day, much needed after an exhausting 6 days last week
Our planned activities for today were checking and correcting the sag differential between the two cables by re-winching to tighten or loosen the cables as appropriate. The second plannedtask was pouring of the concrete infill slab at the far end of the bridge.Continue reading “Day 10 (11th June)”
Real excitement this morning as our project started in earnest. After the 15 minute very bumpy drive to site we arrived and were given a walk through of the village and the site by James, a B2P engineer who is based in Uganda. Continue reading “Day 4 – 5 Underway at last”
After a good night’s sleep we were met by James and Erica from Bridges to Prosperity who had come to accompany us on the 7-hour journey from Kampala to Bududa, on the eastern fringe of Uganda. Continue reading “Day 3 Kampala to Bududa”
Finally we are off. After making all the preparations over the last six weeks we dashed out of work on Friday afternoon to head to Heathrow. Tim Prosser was meeting us in Dubai as he was coming directly from Birmingham. Continue reading “Day 1-2 Heathrow to Kampala”