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General Information

Name in local language: Ponte 516 Arouca
Other name(s): Arouca Suspension Bridge
Beginning of works: 2017
Completion: July 2020
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Suspension bridge
Secondary structure(s): Structurae Plus
Function / usage: Pedestrian bridge (footbridge)
Material: Steel bridge
Structurae Plus


Location: , ,
Coordinates: 40° 57' 52.11" N    8° 10' 29.29" W
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Technical Information


span 516 m
height above valley floor or water 175 m
walkway width 1.20 m
pylons height 35.5 m


cables steel wire
deck steel
pylons reinforced concrete


1 March 2021


Excerpt from Wikipedia

Arouca 516 is a suspension bridge located in the municipality of Arouca, in the North Region and the Aveiro District in Portugal. The bridge has a length of 516 m (1,693 ft). The bridge is suspended 175 m (574 ft) above the Paiva River, which it spans. Its name is a reference to its extension in meters (516) and the municipality where it is located (Arouca).

Its length exceeds by 16 m (52 ft) the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, opened on 29 July 2017, with a length of about 500 m (1,600 ft) and connecting Grächen and Zermatt in Switzerland.

Construction of the bridge started in May 2018. It is a hanging bridge which is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers. The bridge opened on 29 April 2021 to residents of the municipality and on 2 May 2021 to the general public, with prior purchase of the ticket on the internet. Access to the bridge is possible either from Canelas or Alvarenga and a guide will always join the visitor group. The first person to cross the bridge was Hugo Xavier.

It was designed by Portuguese studio Itecons and constructed by Conduril Engenharia, S.A. at a cost of approximately €2.3 million.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Arouca 516" and modified on 6 October 2021 according to the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


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