It is named for Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, former president of Brazil, who in the late 1950s decided to build Brasília as the new capital of the country. It was designed by architect Alexandre Chan and structural engineer Mário Vila Verde.
Juscelino Kubitschek bridge
Locale Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil
Designer Alexandre Chan and Mário Vila Verde
Design Asymmetric Arch bridge with suspended deck
Total length 1,200 metres (3,900 ft)
Width 24 metres (79 ft)
Height 60 metres (200 ft)
Longest span 720 metres (2,400 ft)
Beginning date of construction 2000
Completion date 2002
The main span structure has four supporting pillars submerged under Lake Paranoá, and the deck weight is supported by three 200-foot tall asymmetrical steel arches that crisscross diagonally. The decks are suspended by steel cables alternating at each side of the deck, interlacing in some kind of twisted plane (parabolic like). The entire structure has a total length of 1,200 m, and it was completed at a cost of US$56.8 million. The bridge has a pedestrian walkway and is accessible to bicyclists and skaters.
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