Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge

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Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge
Ponte Governador Norbe de Carvalho.jpg
Governador Nobre de Carvalho Bridge at night
Coordinates 22°10′35″N 113°32′46″E / 22.17639°N 113.54611°E / 22.17639; 113.54611
Carries 2 lanes
Crosses Praia Grande Bay
Locale Macau Peninsula and Taipa
Official name Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho
Other name(s) Macau-Taipa Bridge
Design Girder bridge
Total length 2,569.8 metres (8,431 ft)
Width 9.2 metres (30 ft)
Longest span 1,213 metres (3,980 ft)
Opened 5 October 1974
Closed 2005-2006
Daily traffic buses and taxis
Toll free
Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge
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Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 嘉樂庇總督大橋
Simplified Chinese 嘉乐庇总督大桥
Macau-Taipa Bridge
Traditional Chinese 澳氹大橋
Simplified Chinese 澳氹大桥
Portuguese name
Portuguese Ponte Governador Nobre de Carvalho

The Governor Nobre de Carvalho Bridge also known as the Macau-Taipa Bridge, is a dual-lane two-way bridge connecting Macau Peninsula near Casino Lisboa and the island of Taipa at the northern slope of Taipa Pequena (Small Taipa Hill) crossing the Baía da Praia Grande. It is the first bridge in Macau, to connect the peninsula and Taipa. It is locally known as "The Old Bridge" (Chinese: 舊大橋).[1]


Construction started in June 1970, during Portuguese rule. With a length of 2,569.8 metres (8,431 ft) and a width of 9.2 metres (30 ft), it was open to traffic in October 1974. The middle of the bridge is raised, in the shape of a triangular arc, to allow vessels to pass through. The highest point of the bridge is 35 metres (115 ft) above sea level. Once the longest continuous bridge on Earth, it is named after José Manuel de Sousa e Faria Nobre de Carvalho, the Governor of Macau from November 25, 1966, to November 19, 1974. Due to the construction around Casino Lisboa, the bridge was temporarily closed in 2005. As of 2006, the bridge is open again, but only to buses and taxis.


The bridge is meant to take the shape of a dragon, with Casino Lisboa representing the dragon's head, and Taipa Monument on Taipa Pequena the dragon's tail.[citation needed]

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