|Name in local language:||Γέφυρα Ρίου-Αντίρριου "Χαρίλαος Τρικούπης"|
|Other name(s):||Rion-Antirion Bridge|
|Beginning of works:||1999|
|Completion:||7 August 2004|
Multiple-span cable-stayed bridge
Cable-stayed bridge with semi-fan system
for registered users
|Function / usage:||
Motorway bridge / freeway bridge
Steel-reinforced concrete composite bridge
Awards and Distinctions
Rion, Achaea, West Greece, Greece
Antirion, Aitolia-Acarnania, West Greece, Greece
|Coordinates:||38° 19' 1" N 21° 46' 31" E|
|total length||2 880.400 m|
|main span||560 m|
|length||2 252 m|
|span lengths||286 m - 3 × 560 m - 286 m|
|deck||deck depth||2.82 m|
|deck width||27.20 m|
|girder depth||2.75 m|
|pylons||pylon height (above deck)||113.00 m|
|cost of construction||Euro 630 000 000|
composite steel-reinforced concrete
Harilaos Trikoupis, then prime minister of Greece, is among the first to imagine a link at this location.
|21 May 2004||
The last piece of the deck is mounted.
Night of 7 August 2004
— 8 August 2004
In a grand ceremony including major fireworks, the bridge is officially inaugurated.
|8 August 2004||
Irina Szewinska from Poland and winner at the olympic games in Montreal and Mexico, Otto Rehagel, coach of the Greek soccer team that won the Euro 2004 championship, and Stratos Apostolakis, coach of the Greek Olympic soccer team, carry the Olympic flame across the bridge on its way to Athens for the Summer Olympics.
|12 August 2004||
The bridge is opened to traffic.
Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (ASCE)
|28 January 2005||
One of the cables catches fire, possibly after being hit by lightning. The bridge is closed to traffic indefinitely in order to assess the damage.
|1 February 2005||
The bridge is re-opened to traffic, though use is limited to a single lane until the damage to the cable-stay has been repaired.
Outstanding Structure Award (IABSE)
Outstanding Concrete Structure Award (FIB)
Concessionaire Gefyra and contractor Kinopraxia are composed of:
- Vinci (53%)
- J&P Hellas (11,2%)
- TEV (7,74%)
- Helleniki Technodomiki (7,74%)
- Athena (7,74%)
- Proodeftiki (7,74%)
- Sarandopoulos (7,74%)
- Greek Government: 43%
- European Investment Bank: 47%
- Stock holder capital: 10%
Duration of construction: 5 years
Length of the concession: 42 years
The bridge is designed to withstand earthquakes of 7.5 on the Richter scale.
- Berdj Mikaelian (architect)
- DOMI S.A. (approach viaduct Antirion)
- Buckland & Taylor Ltd.
- Denco S.A.
- Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
- Parsons Transportation Group
- Gilles de Maublanc (overseeing engineer)
Relevant Web Sites
- Bernd Nebel: Harilaos-Trikoupis-Brücke
- Info Grèce: Pont Charilaos Trikoupis: le colosse de Rio
- Le Monde: conférence UTLS: Le pont de Rion-Antirion en Grèce, le défi sismique par Alain Pecker
- Planète TP: Le pont de Rion-Antirion
- Road Traffic Technology: Rion-Antirion Cable-Stayed Bridge, Greece
- SMIT: Rion Antirion
- The Rion-Antirion Bridge
- Wikipedia: Rio–Antirrio Bridge
- Les acteurs du projet. In: Travaux, n. 809 (June 2004), pp. 89.
- Adjustment of the Rion-Antirion Cable-Stayed Bridge. An Innovative Multidisciplinary Response to a Construction Challenge. Presented at: 1st FIG International Symposium on Engineering Surveys for Construction Works and Structural Engineering, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, 28 June - 1 July 2004. (2004):
- (2010): The Behavior of Rion - Antirion Bridge Seismic Protection System During the Earthquake of "Achaia-Ilia" on June 8, 2008. Presented at: IABSE Symposium: Large Structures and Infrastructures for Environmentally Constrained and Urbanised Areas, Venice, Italy, 22-24 September 2010, pp. 306-307.
- Bridge Builders Tackle Olympian Challenges. In: Engineering News Record (8 January 2001). (2001):
- Bridges - Ponts - Brücken. Atrium, Mexico City (Mexico), pp. 514-519. (2002):
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