Papagayo Bridge, located on the federal highway that connects the cities of Chilpancingo and Acapulco in Guerrero state, was reopened Saturday after being destroyed by the torrential rains of Tropical Storm Manuel.

Communications and Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza and Guerrero's Gov. Angel Aguirre inaugurated Saturday this bridge that was rebuilt in five weeks and which stands on the stretch of highway between Tierra Colorada and Acapulco.

With more than 100 dead, dozens of missing persons and vast material damage, this southern Mexican state was the hardest hit last September by Tropical Storm Manuel.

The rainstorms whipped powerful currents along the Papagayo River that destroyed the bridge, whose reconstruction cost 30 million pesos ($2.3 million).

According to the local press, Ruiz Esparza said that "due to the fact that the arches went undamaged, the decision was taken to rebuild the bridge with a structure similar to the previous one, but with stronger supports.

"Papagayo One is made up of five reinforced concrete arches and measures 159.7 meters (520 feet) in length by 8.2 meters (27 feet) wide," the minister said.

Ruiz Esparza also recalled that Tropical Storms Manuel and Ingrid damaged 57 federal highways and that today four are still provisional. EFE