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Juscelino Kubitschek bridge

Coordinates: 15°49′25″S 47°49′46″W / 15.82361°S 47.82944°W / -15.82361; -47.82944 (Juscelino Kubitschek bridge)
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Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge
View of Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge.
View of Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge.
Coordinates15°49′25″S 47°49′46″W / 15.82361°S 47.82944°W / -15.82361; -47.82944 (Juscelino Kubitschek bridge)
Carriesvehicular, bicycle, pedestrian traffic
CrossesLake Paranoá
LocaleBrasília, Federal District (Brazil), Brazil[1]
Official namePonte Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek
Maintained byGoverno do Distrito Federal
Designasymmetric arch bridge with suspended deck[1]
Total length1,200 metres (3,900 ft)[1]
Width24 metres (79 ft)[1]
Height60 metres (200 ft)[1]
Longest span240 metres (790 ft)[1]
Clearance above18 metres (59 ft)
Clearance below18 metres (59 ft)
DesignerAlexandre Chan and Mário Vila Verde[1]
Construction start2000
Construction end2002

Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge (Portuguese: Ponte Juscelino Kubitschek), commonly called Ponte JK (English: JK Bridge), is a steel and concrete arch bridge across Lake Paranoá in Brasília, Brazil. It connects the eastern shore of the lake – where Lago Sul, Paranoá and Brasília International Airport are located – to Brasília's city center, via the Monumental Axis. Opened to traffic on December 15, 2002, its distinctive silhouette quickly became a Brasília landmark.[2]

The bridge is named after President Juscelino Kubitschek, who served from 1956 to 1961 and is generally considered the main political figure to have supported the construction of the planned city of Brasília. It was designed by architect Alexandre Chan and structural engineer Mário Vila Verde.[3]



The bridge structure is 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) long, 24 metres (79 ft) wide and has two three-lane carriageways in each direction and walkways fitted with guard-rails on either for cyclists and pedestrians, each 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) wide, and three 240 metres (790 ft) spans.

The main span structure has four supporting pillars standing on the Lake Paranoá lakebed; and the deck weight is supported by three 200-foot-tall (61 m) asymmetrical steel arches that crisscross diagonally.

The decks are suspended by steel cables alternating at each side of the deck, interlacing in a twisted plane. The entire structure has a total length of 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), and was completed at a cost of US$56.8 million.[4]



Alexandre Chan received the Gustav Lindenthal Medal for the bridge's project at the 2003 International Bridge Conference in Pittsburgh. This medal is awarded "for a single, recent outstanding achievement showing harmony with the environment, aesthetic merit and successful community participation".[5]

The bridge was also awarded the 2003 Premio Abcem (ABCEM Award) for "Best Steel Work of the Year, Bridges and Highway Overpasses Category", granted by the Brazilian Metal Construction Association (Associação Brasileira da Construção Metálica, ABCEM).[6]


The bridge makes an appearance in the 2014 animated film Rio 2. Where the main characters, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) are moving to the Amazon rainforest, their route cuts through Brasília and are nearly killed when a truck on the bridge almost hits them.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge at Structurae
  2. ^ Ministério dos Transportes. "Ficha Ponte Juscelino Kubitschek - Histórico" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  3. ^ "A Tercira Ponte no Lago Sul {{in lang|pt}}". Archived from the original on 2008-04-25. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
  4. ^ Correio Braziliense (2003-01-07). "O novo point" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  5. ^ Gustav Lindenthal Medal Winners Archived 2012-07-17 at the Wayback Machine (International Bridge Conference Award Winners)
  6. ^ ABCEM 2003 Awards: Ponte Juscelino Kubistchek Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine (in Portuguese)