Puente Transbordador

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Puente Transbordador
Puente Transbordador y Puente Nicolás Avellaneda, La Boca.JPG
Puente Transbordador and the newer Puente Nicolás Avellaneda behind it.
Official name Transbordador del Riachuelo Nicolás Avellaneda[1]
Carries Pedestrians, carts, cars and trams
Crosses Riachuelo River
Locale Buenos Aires, Argentina
Design Truss
Opened 1914
Closed 1960[2]

Puente Transbordador (also known as Buenos Aires Transporter Bridge, Puente Transbordador de La Boca[3] Puente Transbordador Nicolás Avellaneda,[2] Antiguo Puente Nicolás Avellaneda or Transbordador del Riachuelo[1] ) is a transporter bridge in Buenos Aires, Argentina, it was completed in 1914. The bridge was in use until 1960 and may be preserved as a historical monument in the future.

The transporter bridge was the first link to connect Buenos Aires with the outskirts on the other side of the Riachuelo River. The bridge links the Avenida La Plata in the neighbourhood Island Maciel of Dock Sud with Avenida Almirante Brown in the La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.

The name of the bridge refers to Nicolás Avellaneda, a former president of Argentina, who also gave the name to the Avellaneda Partido on the right bank of the river.

The platform of the transporter bridge measured 8 by 12 metres and could be operated from a control stand on itself or from the machine house. It was designed to carry pedestrians, carts, cars and trams.

History[edit]

On September 25, 1908 the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway was authorised to build a transporter bridge uniting the city of Buenos Aires with Buenos Aires Province south of the Riachuelo River. Buenos Aires Province bore all the costs of the bridge despite it also serving the Argentinian capital.

The transporter bridge was inaugurated May 31, 1914 and operated until 1960. The Puente Nicolás Avellaneda road bridge (just 100 metres away), was constructed in 1940.

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Coordinates: 34°38′18″S 58°21′23″W / 34.638319°S 58.356312°W / -34.638319; -58.356312