Le Vigne, Calabria, Italy
459 feet high / 140 meters high
200 foot span / 61 meter span
The highest of many high precast concrete girder bridges on Italy’s famed A3 motorway, the Coscile viaduct opened in 1974. Like so many Italian highway bridges from the era, Coscile was built with slender rectangular piers topped with cantilevered hammerhead supports. Precast concrete drop-in spans rest on “chairs” at either end of the hammerhead cap. Designed by Uffizio Vianini, the huge viadotto measures 2,079 feet (633.6 mtrs) from end to end.
Among Italy’s many spectacular motorways, the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria has always had the biggest and greatest variety of high bridges. Constructed in a Frankenstein-like fashion in bits and pieces throughout the 1960s and 1970s, this laboratory of Italian civil engineering includes the monstrous Sfalassa gorge strut frame bridge, the Favazzina viaduct (soon to be replaced) with its clothespin shaped piers as well as more conventional bridges like the Aglio concrete arch. In the Calabria region, near the Mediterranean coast, the lower end of the motorway is being widened and realigned to make it safer and less congested.
Coscile Viaduct Elevation