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Bridge and Pánuco River
|Carries||Mexican Federal Highway 180|
|Locale||Tampico, Tamaulipas &
Pueblo Viejo Municipality, Veracruz,
|Official name||Puente Tampico|
|Maintained by||Caminos y Puentes Federales|
|Total length||1,543 m (5062 ft)|
|Width||18 m (59 ft)|
|Height||55 m (180 ft)|
|Longest span||360 m (1181 ft)|
|Opened||October 17, 1988|
Design and engineering
The bridge has been in service since 1988 and was designed by Professor Modesto Armijo from COMEC, a Mexican engineering company. It was designed to withstand the severe Atlantic hurricanes from the Gulf of Mexico.
The bridge uses an orthotropic steel deck girder for a central section of the 360 metres (1,180 ft) long main span, while the rest of the main span and the short lateral spans are a prestressed concrete girder. Both steel and concrete deck girders have the same external shape. This original design principle was later used for the 756-metre (2,480 ft) main span of the Pont de Normandie, a cable-stayed bridge in Normandy, France.
The dynamic analysis of the bridge under turbulent cyclonic winds, as well as the revision of the structural project, and the geometry plus stress control of the bridge during erection, were achieved by Alain Chauvin from Sogelerg, using the French "Scanner" computer program.
- CAPUFE: Tarifas Vigentes, January 31, 2017
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