LISBON EXPO'98 VISION
Vasco de Gama Bridge
This is a showcase of styles in bridge design, being the largest in Europe. The 10-mile Vasco de Gama Bridge changes in form as it moves over the Tagus River into the horizon. The bridge is a joint venture of London-based engineering firms Kvaerner PLC, and Europe Etude Gecti, EEG, a Campenon Bernard SGE, Affiliate from Paris, France and assisted by various Portuguese engineering firms. The $1-billion bridge was completed on time for the opening of Expo'98 to accommodate visitors traveling by automobile from southern Portugal, Spain and other parts of Europe. This photograph was taken from the north banks of the Tagus near EXPO, the cable-stayed main span of the bridge is 534.8-feet long, supported by 573-feet high pylons and 192 cables. The bridge was designed to withstand an earthquake four times greater than the 1755 earthquake that devastated Lisbon.
© 1992 Raul
Pedroso / Solo
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