Arrábida Bridge

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Arrábida bridge.
The view from the air.

The Arrábida Bridge is an arch bridge over the Douro River that connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, in Portugal. It is the most downstream bridge across the Douro River, just a few kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. It carries 6 lanes of European route E01.

At the time of its completion in 1963,[1] the bridge's main span of 270m was the largest of any concrete-arch bridge in the world. The total length of the deck is 493.2m, having a width of 26.5m.[2] The arch has a rise of 52m, and the maximum clearance above river level is 70m above. The cost of construction was 126 million escudos. The engineer responsible for its project and construction was Edgar Cardoso.[3]


  1. ^ "Arrábida Highway Bridge" in The New Encyclopaedia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., 15th edn., 1992, Vol. 1, p. 585.
  2. ^ Arrábida Bridge at Structurae
  3. ^ Manuel de Azeredo (December 1999), The Bridges of Porto - Technical Data, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, retrieved 12 August 2014 

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Coordinates: 41°08′51″N 8°38′26″W / 41.147566°N 8.6406°W / 41.147566; -8.6406