Venezuela and Colombia will enable on December 15 the Tienditas International Bridge, that unites the two nations and through which private vehicles are expected to transit later, something that has not happened since 2015, according to diplomatic sources.
“On December 15, the Tienditas bridge is enabled, after the Government of Venezuela finished completing the infrastructure to activate it“, indicated the Colombian ambassador in the Caribbean country, Armando Benedetti.
In the diplomat’s opinion, with this opening, the Executive of Gustavo Petro “continues to promote economic and social integration” with Venezuela, after the reestablishment of diplomatic relations in August 2022.
Sources from the Colombian Embassy explained to the agency EFE that as of December 15 a “gradual” process will begin to vehicle traffic, a process that began on September 26 with the opening of the border by the Simon Bolivar bridge for the passage of cargo trucks, although the authorities on both sides have acknowledged the lack of progress on this matter.
The Tienditas bridge, which connects the Venezuelan state of Táchira with the Colombian department of Norte de Santander, It is the widest (42 meters) of the three binational structures arranged in this border region, and the second longest, at 280 meters.
Petro and his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, they restored relations as soon as the Colombian took power, on August 7, 2022, and, since then, they accelerated the opening of the border, to favor the thousands of people who transit daily between the two countries.
However, crossing from one country to another is still done exclusively on foot, despite having several bridges and roads that until 2015 were full of private vehicles and public transport.