Ponte Coperto

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Ponte Coperto
Pavia ponte coperto sul Ticino.jpg
Crosses Ticino River
Locale Pavia, Italy
Design stone and brick deck arch bridge[1]
Total length 216 metres (709 ft)
Construction begin 1949
Construction end 1951
Coordinates 45°10′51″N 9°09′12″E / 45.180739°N 9.153258°E / 45.180739; 9.153258Coordinates: 45°10′51″N 9°09′12″E / 45.180739°N 9.153258°E / 45.180739; 9.153258
Ponte Coperto is located in Italy
Ponte Coperto

The Ponte Coperto "covered bridge" (also known as the Ponte Vecchio "Old Bridge") is a brick and stone arch bridge over the Ticino River in Pavia, Italy.

History[edit]

The previous bridge, dating from 1354 (itself a replacement for a Roman construction), was heavily damaged by Allied action in 1945. A debate on whether to fix or replace the bridge ended when the bridge partially collapsed in 1947, requiring new construction, which began in 1949. The new bridge is based on the previous one, which had seven arches to the current bridge's five.[2]

Features[edit]

The current bridge, like its predecessor, bears a chapel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ponte Coperto at Structurae
  2. ^ American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2007). Bridges 2008 (calendar). Reston, Virginia: ASCE. pp. May featured bridge. ISBN 978-0-7844-0945-9.