Saturday, 13 February 2016

Spain 2016 - Guadiana Bridge

The Guadiana International Bridge (Spanish: Puente Internacional; Portuguese: Ponte Internacional) is a bridge that crosses the Guadiana River connecting southern Spain (town of Ayamonte) and Portugal (town of Castro Marim). It is the southernmost land crossing between Portugal and Spain. It is not split evenly between the two countries, a greater share of it situated in Portugal. Completed in 1991, its structural type is a cable-stayed bridge, with a deck of prestressed concrete. The bridge was designed by the Portuguese Structural Engineer Professor José Luis Câncio Martins on behalf of Huarte S.A. (now Obrascón Huarte Lain) and Teixeira Duarte. The bridge is open to vehicles only. It is the third longest bridge in Portugal and one of the longest in Spain.
The bridge is 666 metres long with the central span between the towers being 324 metres. The deck stands 20 metres above the river, allowing the navigation of ships of deep draft. The two towers of the bridge are 95 and 96 metres tall, respectively.[1] The Spanish side tower rests on an artificial island built on the riverbed, while the pillar on the Portuguese side is on land. Copied from Wiki.
I took this through the windshield while driving back to Spain (Mum wasn't impressed with the one handed driving)
Dad had spotted a little track down below the bridge and we were able to find it. I love the bridge, it looks like a magnificent, practical, sculpture.
The river is tidal at this point and the water swirls around the base.
It was windy so there was the noise of wind in the cables but also the sound that cables make as the cars go across, like twanging a guitar string.
The track went right below the bridge.

Practical art.

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