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Vasco da Gama Bridge

General Information

Name in local language: Ponte Vasco da Gama
Beginning of works: February 1995
Completion: 29 March 1998
Status: in use

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Location: , ,
  • Tagus River
Part of:
Coordinates: 38° 43' 40.19" N    8° 59' 28.14" W
Coordinates: 38° 47' 9.49" N    9° 6' 25.20" W
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Technical Information


overall length of crossing 17 185 m
overall length of structures 12 345 m
caissons number 81
approach viaduct Expo (Parque das Nações)
total length 672 m
number of spans 12
central viaduct
total length 6 531 m
number of spans 84 m
main bridge
main span 420 m
total length 824 m
number of cables 192
vertical navigation clearance 47 m
deck width 30.9 m
pylons pylon height 155 m
northern approach viaduct
total length 488 m
number of spans 11
southern approach viaduct
total length 3 825 m
number of spans 84


concrete volume 730 000 m³
reinforcing steel 100 000 t
volume of earthworks 1 400 000 m³


deck prestressed concrete
piers reinforced concrete
pylons reinforced concrete
abutments reinforced concrete

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10 April 1997

A metal falsework collapses killing six workers.


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