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19 oct 2019

Nuevo Puente Duero de Peñafiel

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It is one of the eight bridges that Peñafiel currently has and was built on the current road VA-101 that joins Peñafiel with Pesquera de Duero as a result of the Spanish Civil War.

In the 30s of the twentieth century, the Douro was still saved by the old stone bridge that showed clear signs of weakness, particularly in its central pillars. The communication needs between different war fronts then forced to replace it with the new bridge that is still used today.

It was designed and directed by the Civil Engineer César Villalba Granda (back in the 40's) and its construction was used for the first time reinforced concrete for a public work of this magnitude in the region of Peñafiel.

Technical characteristics: three concrete arches of 40 meters of light with solution of arches of intermediate board, length of the bridge 156 meters and stacks of height 13,20 and 10,09 meters. Of similar structure and design are the bridges of Narcea in Requejo (Asturias) and the Ebro Bridge in Mora (Tarragona).

The beautiful rationalist architecture of the "New Duero Bridge", flanked by large arches on both railings, softens the robust appearance of a work that was built as a result of a terrible war.

Detailed technical information in this 1945 article in the Public Works Magazine.

You can see more river bridges here.

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