Ponte della Libertà

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Ponte della Libertà
Venise Aero Pont de la Liberté.jpg
Ponte della Libertà, looking eastward toward the historic islands
Coordinates45°27′10.89″N 12°17′58.49″E / 45.4530250°N 12.2995806°E / 45.4530250; 12.2995806
CrossesVenetian Lagoon
LocaleVenice, Italy
Characteristics
DesignArch bridge
Trough construction
  • brick
  • concrete
Total length3,850 metres (12,630 ft; 2.39 mi)
Width22 metres (72 ft)
History
DesignerEugenio Miozzi
Construction start1931
Construction end1933

Ponte della Libertà[1] ("Liberty Bridge")[2] is a road bridge connecting the historical centre (islands) of the city of Venice to the mainland part of Venice.

Designed in 1932 by engineer Eugenio Miozzi, it was opened by Benito Mussolini in 1933 as Ponte Littorio ("lictor's bridge") – a name used during the Fascist era for several other Italian bridges. At the end of World War II it was renamed Ponte della Libertà to honour the end of the Fascist dictatorship and of the Nazi occupation.

The bridge is the only vehicular access to the historical centre of the capital city of the Italian region of Veneto.

  • The eastern end of the road terminates in the Piazzale Roma, the bus depot of the historical centre.
  • The western end reaches mainland Venice and becomes the Via Libertà, which divides the Venetian boroughs (municipalità) of Mestre (north) and Marghera (south). It is final section of the old Public Road 11, "Padana Superiore [it]".

It is 3.85 km (2.39 mi) long and has two lanes each way, with no emergency lane. It is built alongside the Venice Railroad Bridge,[3] which was constructed in 1846, with two tracks each way, and is still in use.

See also[edit]

The Causeway, Bermuda: A similar bridge in Bermuda

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ponte della Libertà". Structurae, Germany. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  2. ^ "Runner Wins Marathon After Competitors Totally Ran the Wrong Way". Time. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Venice Railroad Bridge