Ponte 516 Arouca
Facts (Weight, long, width, panels, length…)
Height of the bridge in relation to the Paiva river (centre of the bridge): 175 metres (574 ft);
Deck width: 1.20 metres (3 ft);
Each module is 4 metres long (13 ft);
The deck will comprise of 127 modules;
The bridge is 516 metres long, making it the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world;
Name: 516 Arouca
Flooring: open metal grid;
Railings: Rigid netting;
Owner: Arouca Municipality
Builder: Conduril - Engenharia, SA
Time invested in its construction: The project began in 2016 and construction started in 2017. Due to deployment difficulties and unforeseen geological problems, there was a need to change the location of the bridge, delaying construction. The completion of the construction occurred last July.
Location: the 516 Arouca suspended bridge is located in the eastern part of Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark, in the Paiva valley, near Paiva Walkways (Passadiços do Paiva). In the surroundings you can see Aguieiras waterfall, Paiva Walkways, Alvarenga Bridge, Paiva Gorge. Nearby you have Areinho and Vau river beaches, and the villages of Alvarenga, Canelas and Espiunca
Why the Arouca Municipality decide to build it: This is a project co-financed by European Funds. As had previously happened with the Paiva Walkways, we hope that this bridge will further enhance the economic activity of this region, namely within the Arouca municipality. These projects have proven to be strategic for the promotion and preservation of Paiva river, including the the safeguard of the biodiversity of all the region.
It will be an impactful experience of observation, promotion and appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of the area. This bridge aims at targeting the interest of different types of people: engineering lovers, nature connoisseurs, people who are fond of extreme experiences.
Finally, it will also become an important presentation card for Portugal, and particularly Arouca region, as well as it will be an important milestone, all over the world, for the Portuguese construction company capacity, in innovating Civil Engineering projects.
Opening and price: They are hoping for a soft opening during the month of October 2020 (end of the month). It will not be free. Price is still under disgussion.