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  • Third Bridge
    views: 45 / posted byadmin 2 октября 2009

    The Bridge Deputy Darcy Castelo of Mendonça, colloquially known as the Third Bridge (Portuguese: Terceira Ponte), is the second tallest bridge in Brazil, connecting the cities of Vila Velha and Vitória in the state of Espirito Santo.

    Photo 1, Bridge Deputy Darcy Castelo of Mendonca, Brazil

    Spanning the mouth of Vitória's bay, which has many other features, including the Penha Convent, Moreno's hill, freight ships, coastline, islands and modern buildings, the bridge has become one of Espirito Santo's main landmarks.

    Photo 2, Bridge Deputy Darcy Castelo of Mendonca, Brazil

    Construction began on the bridge in 1978 and was completed and 11 years later on August 23, 1989. The Third Bridge was so dubbed in reference to two older bridges between Vitória and Vila Velha: Florentino Avidos Bridge, known as 'Five Bridges' ('Cinco Pontes'); and the Prince Bridge (Ponte do Príncipe), known as the 'Second Bridge'. It is now the main link between Vitória and the southern coast of Espirito Santo. After the Third Bridge was completed, Vila Velha, previously known as a sleepy seaside town, entered a period of intense civil development.

    Photo 3, Bridge Deputy Darcy Castelo of Mendonca, Brazil

    12 thousand vehicles a day crossed the bridge soon after its completion; this number has since risen above 58 thousand, on average. The bridge has a modern structure, which includes: lighting, signaling, echanical assistance and emergency medical services. The operation of the Third Bridge is monitored by its Operational Control Center. On December 21, 2003, aiming to enhance the image of the bridge and beautify the city, RodoSol, the company maintaining the bridge, installed blue fluorescent lamps on the central pillars of the third bridge.

    Photo 4, Bridge Deputy Darcy Castelo of Mendonca, Brazil

    Photo 5, Bridge Deputy Darcy Castelo of Mendonca, Brazil

    Third Bridge

    Official name                            Terceira Ponte                 

    Carries                                      Vehicles

    Crosses                                     Vitoria bay

    Locale                                      Vila Velha and Vitória, Brazil

    Pillars                                       61

    Total length                             3300 m

    High at the center                   70 m

    Longest span                           260 m

    Opening date                          August 23, 1989

    250 posts and 250 lamps installed.

    Toll plaza with 15 lanes, including 12 manual payment booths and 3 automatic-payment tracks.

    Two electronic message boards, primarily reporting traffic and weather conditions.


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