Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Bridging the gap II 

The new bridge replacing the old viaduct between Caracas and the coast is progressing rapidly. According to the government it is now 84% complete. Only one support column remains to be finished and the steel framework for roadway has now spans almost 500 meters of the ultimate 803 meter length of the bridge. Here are some pictures:

This is the "nose" of the steel structure. It is all fabricated on one side and then pushed out along the towers. So this part you are looking at will eventually be pushed to the other side of the span to complete the crossing. It is estimated that this will be finished in two weeks.

This is the last tower being finished. It is days away from completion.

Once the steel structure is all in place 704 pre-formed concrete blocks weighing 15 tonnes each will be liftd on top of steel structure and set in place. On top of that will be made the paved roadway.

The bridge should be completed before the end of June.


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