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General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge

Maracaibo Bridge

General Information

Structural Type: Multiple-span cable-stayed bridge
Function / usage: Motorway bridge / freeway bridge
Other name(s): Maracaibo Bridge
Built: 1958 - 1962
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela, South America
Crosses
  • Lake Maracaibo
Coordinates: 10° 34' 28.00" N    71° 34' 31.00" W

Technical Information

Dimensions

total length 8.7 km
clearance 50 m
number of spans 135
approaches span lengths of approaches 26 x 85.0 m - 2 x 65.8 m - 79 x 46.6 m - 20 x 36.6 m - 1 x 22.6 m
deck deck depth 5.00 m
deck width 17.40 m
embankment length 406.0 m
main bridge main spans 5 x 235 m
span lengths of main bridge 160.00 m - 5 x 235 m - 160.00 m
pylons pylon height 86.60 m

Materials

cables steel
deck reinforced concrete
pylons reinforced concrete

Chronology

1957

International competition

24 August 1962

Opening

6 April 1964

After a ship collides with a pier one of the span collapses into the water. Seven persons are killed in the collapse.

Participants

Initial construction (1958-1962)
Design
Consulting
Co-contractor
Cable steel supplier
Repairs (1964-1964)
Contractor

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Internal Information
Structure-ID: s0000043
Created: 28/10/1998
Last Updated: 22/07/2014