It was designed to withstand many things, like winds and rain, and high floods. And, as expected in 1998, hurricane Mitch arrived.
Now the amazing part is that the bridge didn't get wiped out or fall down. However, it wasn't really time to celebrate:
Unfortunately the weather moved the river. Of course this wasn't an immediate concern, the hurricane found plenty of other structures to destroy.
Still, life goes on, so its back to work making new bridges.
USGS report on the damage.