June 22, 2007

Ponte 25 de Abril

The Ponte 25 de Abril which spans the Tagus River in Lisbon was built in 1966 by the American Bridge Company, who also built the similar Golden Gate suspension bridge in San Francisco.

Ponte 25 de Abril

The Ponte 25 de Abril is 2,277 meters long, making it the 17th longest suspension bridge in the world and 70m above the water level. The bridge carries trains and cars and has a toll for the northbound route. Around 150,000 cars and over 150 trains cross the bridge daily on the two rail tracks and 6 car lanes.

Originally called the Salazar Bridge, the bridge was renamed after the day the 1974 Carnation Revolution took place in Portugal.

Image © Jean Kugler