The aim of
the Hospital Bridge Project was to enlarge the traffic section of the river
intersection around the area of the hospital, while retaining the existing
bridge and optimising the movement of traffic at the outermost interchanges.
With two new roadways Calatravašs design doubles the width of the existing
bridge, providing a framework for the old bridge and, at the same time,
creates an attractive public space.
stretches of road, on both sides of the bridge, create a symmetrical axis
which focuses on the axis of the bridge.
Each of the roadways has a slanting steel arch, rising to a maximum height
of 11.2 meters at its central point, that rests on white concrete piers
situated at both ends of the bridge. The arches are a tubular structure of
steel plates that are connected, by means of an additional system of
tautened cables, to the side of the box girder. In this way, the cables
transmit the loads coming from the board to the arch.
meters (180 feet). Width of board: 12.2 meters (40 feet). Hight of arch:
11.2 meters (37 feet).
Murcia Town Council.