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Rome's newest bridge opens

Rome’s newest bridge, the €10.5M (£9.29M) Ponte Della Musica, opened yesterday after two years in construction.

The bridge forms a key part of the Rome city plan and will connect the various cultural and sporting facilities of the Flaminio district with the Olympic stadium and other sports facilities on the west bank in Monte Mario.

The structure, the first in Rome for 50 years, comprises of a two leaning steel arches supported by a steel deck. Total length of the bridge is about 200m, with a clear span of 130m.

The deck itself is designed for pedestrian usage but with provision for future incorporation of a tramway.

The bridge opening is the culmination of over ten years of effort from consultants Buro Happold and architects Powell-William.

“It was challenging maintaining momentum over ten years.”

Davood Liaghat, Buro Happold

In 2000, they won an international design competition organised by the Comunie di Rome (the Municipality of Rome) for a new pedestrian bridge to cross the River Tiber.

“It was challenging maintaining momentum over ten years,” said Buro Happold bridges and infrastructure technical director Davood Liaghat.

Buro Happold completed the outline design between 2003-2006 and in 2007 Italian contractor Constra won a design and build contract to complete the project.

Construction took just under two years, with the bridge built in-site over the River Tiber.

“It’s a very slender bridge, with shallow arches without lateral restraint,” added Liaghat.

Ponte Della Musica project team

Client: Comune di Roma (Municipality of Rome)

Lead Consultant and Engineer: Buro Happold

Architect: Powell-Williams Architects

Local Civil Engineers/Foundations/Site Supervision: C. Lotti Associati

Tram Specialist: Halcrow

Dynamic Assessment under Pedestrians: Flint & Neill

Aerodynamic Advice: BMT

Functional & Feature Lighting: IGuzzini

Contractor: Constra

Contractor’s Designer: Mario Petrangeli & Associati/Studio Biggi Guerrini

Wind Tunnel Testing: CRIACIV

Steel Fabricator/Erector: MAEG


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