Puente La Amistad de Taiwán
|Puente La Amistad de Taiwán|
|Official name||Puente La Amistad de Taiwán|
|Other name(s)||Puente de la Amistad|
|Carries||Two lanes of roadway and sidewalks|
|Design||Cable-stayed bridge and pillars|
|Total length||780 metres|
|Longest span||170 meters|
Puente La Amistad de Taiwán (English: "Taiwan Friendship Bridge") spans the Tempisque River, in Guanacaste, northern Costa Rica. Although generally known as a cable-stayed bridge, it is really a hybrid bridge composed of a cable-stayed span and a pillar-supported bridge. The cable-stayed section has two spans of 170 and 90 metres, supported by an 80-metre-high pylon. The total length of the bridge is 780 metres with eight supporting pillars and the pylon. The bridge was completed in 2003.
The bridge was financed and designed by Taiwan and built primarily by the Taiwanese company MAA, with participation of Costa Rican engineers and workers. It has a particular importance for the province of Guanacaste for it facilitates transit from the capital city of San José. Prior to the construction of the bridge, this route required the use ferries to cross the Tempisque River, or long alternate land routes.
Recent Costa Rican studies have found some problems in the structure that have required increased maintenance.
- Taiwan loses Costa Rica's support report at B.B.C., 2007-06-07; Accessed: 2010-06-03
- Two dead, dozens injured following powerful quake in Costa Rica The Tico Times, 5 September 2012.