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’s Designer: Mario Petrangeli & Associati/Studio Biggi Guerrini
Wind Tunnel Testing: CRIACIV
Steel Fabricator/Erector: MAEG