A Bridge Where There Is No River

The above image shows a 1500-foot-long bridge and a river, but they aren’t where they should be. So what changed? In 1996, the government of Honduras constructed the Choluteca Bridge to withstand storms. It became a symbol of pride for the nation and was known as being able to survive any hurricane. However, just two years later, the Atlantic’s second-deadliest hurricane — Hurricane Mitch — struck Central America, killing over 11,000 people, with 7,000 in Honduras alone. The storm dropped 75 inches of rain in four days — the equivalent of what the country would normally receive in six months. Sure enough, the bridge stayed put and maintained its pride. There was just one problem: the river moved. Heavy rains caused the Choluteca River to change its course, so much so that it no longer flowed under the bridge. Instead, it created a new channel and flowed beside the bridge. It quickly became known as the “bridge to nowhere.”