Rosario-Victoria Bridge ( Spanish:Puente Rosario-Victoria ) official name is Nuestra Señora del Rosario. It is located on the Paraná River in eastern Argentina, It connects Rosario City of Santa Fe and Victoria City of Entre Ríos.
The total length of Rosario-Victoria Bridge including the surface road is 36.9 mi (59.4 km), and the total length of various bridges and their viaducts is 7.6 mi (12.3 km). The main bridge across the Paraná River is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) long, and the maximum span of the central cable-stayed bridge is 1148 ft (350 m).
Construction of the bridge started in February 1999 and opened on May 20, 2003.
The birth background of the bridge
- In the 1980s, Argentina’s international trade increased. From Rosario City to Victoria City, it was necessary to drive around 120 km through an underground river. The two cities are only 60 kilometers apart in a straight line. These 60 kilometers of valleys, islands, swamps and rivers greatly restrict economic development. The Argentine government began planning a new transportation route.
- In 1998, the Rosario-Victoria Bridge contract was awarded to the Puentes del Litoral S.A. consortium. The contract value is US$350 million, of which US$230 million will be paid directly to the consortium, and the remaining US$120 million will be repaid through toll revenue within 25 years.
- In February 1999, Rosario-Victoria Bridge officially began construction. The original planned construction period is 2.5 years and will be completed in mid-2001.
- In 2001, Argentina’s economic crisis suspended bridge construction.
- On May 20, 2003, Rosario-Victoria Bridge was officially opened. Due to funding constraints, it was two years later than the original plan.
Building technical parameters
The connecting line between the two cities is 36.9 mi (59.4 km) long. Most of them are surface road sections, and the Bridge section length is 7.6 mi (12.3 km ). The 12.3 km bridge section is composed of the main bridge and 12 scattered secondary bridges.
The main bridge of the Rosario-Victoria Bridge is on the Paraná River. The length of the main bridge is 2.5 mi (4.1 km). The main bridge is composed of the main channel bridge and the east-west viaduct.
Main channel bridge
The name of the main channel bridge is Nuestra Señora del Rosario, it is 1995 ft (608 m) long
The cable-stayed bridge has a center span of 1148 ft (350 m) and two lateral spans of 423 ft (129 m).
The eastern viaduct is located on the east side of the main channel bridge, connecting Victoria City. It has a total length of 7769 ft (2368 m). It consists of 39 spans, each of which is 60 m long, with an initial span of 46 m. The pile foundation of the viaduct is a 2 m diameter pile with a maximum depth of 52 m.
The western viaduct is located on the west side of the main channel bridge, connecting the city of Rosario. It is 13681 ft (1122 m) long. It consists of 32 spans, each with a span of 35m.
The materials used in the Rosario-Victoria Bridge include approximately 250,000 m³ (326,987yd³) concrete, 63,000 tons of ADN-420 section steel and 17,618 tons of asphalt.
12 secondary bridges
The 12 secondary bridges have a total length of 5.1 mi (8.2 km), crossing the various secondary waterways of the Parana Valley.
This bridge is a marathon stage every year, and thousands of runners cross the bridge twice.
Rosario-Victoria Bridge Data
- South America
- In use
- Official name
- Nuestra Señora del Rosario
- Other name
- Rosario-Victoria Bridge, Puente Rosario-Victoria
- Between Rosario, Santa Fe and Victoria, Entre Ríos, Argentina
- more than US $385 million
- Feb, 1999
- May-22, 2003
- Total length
- 7.6 mi ( 12.3 km )
- main bridge length
- 2.5 mi ( 4.1 km )
- Bridge section length
- 7.6 mi ( 12.3 km )
- main channel bridge Length
- 1995 ft ( 608 m )
- Deck height
- 164 ft ( 50 m )
- Longest span
- 1148 ft ( 350 m )
- Design type
- cable-stayed bridge
- Road scale
- 4 lanes
- Paraná River
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