According to Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis’ announcement on Wednesday, August 27, the new arch bridge in Tsakona, at the borders of Messinia and Arcadia, will be ready within 2014.
The Tsakona bridge will be the second largest in Greece, after the Rio-Antirrio bridge, and is considered as one the largest arch bridges worldwide.
The bridge’s construction started in 2008 and its total cost amounts to 19 million euros. It comprises of two abutments and a pier. The 300 meter crossing is partially bridged (40m) with a prestressed segment and the rest (260m) is covered with two steel arches from where the bridge’s mixed deck is hanging.
The arch bridge reaches 400 meters in length and connects an area where a large landslide took place in 2003. It is a structure of extraordinary complexity, both in terms of foundation, as well as superstructure, designed and implemented by Greek engineers and technicians.