Las Tienditas Bridge
Las Tienditas International Bridge
|Carries||6 divided lanes and pedestrians|
|Locale||Tachira, Venezuela–Norte de Santander, Colombia|
|Official name||Puente internacional Las Tienditas|
|Construction start||January 24, 2014|
|Construction end||February 2016|
|Daily traffic||0 vehicles per day|
The bridge's construction began on January 24, 2014 and was planned to take no longer than 20 months. The costs were estimated around $32,000,000 and was split equally between the Venezuelan and Colombian governments.
It is the fifth international bridge between the two countries. The bridge itself is actually made of three approximately 280-metre parallel bridges built over the Tachira River, two bridges with three lanes in each direction and a pedestrian bridge. Immigration and customs facilities are located on each side of the bridge.
Venezuela Aid LiveEdit
On February 22, 2019, a benefit concert was held on the Colombian side of the bridge to raise awareness and money towards humanitarian aid for Venezuela and to pressure for the reopening of the border so humanitarian aid could enter Venezuela. The Venezuelan government announced that it would also hold a concert on its side of the bridge, but it was later moved to a different location.
- S.A, El Pais. "Inicia construcción de puente Las Tienditas que unirá a Cúcuta con San Antonio, Venezuela". www.elpais.com.co.
- "How a bridge between Colombia and Venezuela became part of a propaganda fight". CBC News. February 15, 2019.
- Opinión, Diario la. "Tienditas, el puente de 40 millones de dólares que no han estrenado". La Opinión.
- "Venezuela Aid Live Press Release No. 1, 15 Feb. 2019" (PDF) (Press release). Virgin. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
- Venezuela Aid Live