Tajo Railway Bridge

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Tajo Railway Bridge
Puente Rio Tajo
Hinojal, Extremadura, Spain
(394) feet high / (120) meters high
1,063 foot span / 324 meter span
2019

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The Tajo Railway Bridge is one of two massive concrete arches on the high speed railway between Madrid and Extremadura, Spain. The double track high speed line crosses a 324 meter concrete main arch span that was completed in 2019. The large Alcántara reservoir below the span was created from a downstream dam.

The 1,488 meter long structure has typical spans of 60 meters. The arch box girder is 4 meters deep at the abutment and 3.5 meters at mid-span. The arch width varies from 12 meters at the abutment to 6 meters at the crown.

A visit to the Almonte and Tajo arches would not be complete without a stop to see the famous Puente Alcántara. Located at the east end of the reservoir just below the dam, this classic Roman arch crossing is the most important stone bridge ever built in Spain. Completed in the year 106, the bridge measures 164 feet (50 mtrs) from the roadway to the normal water level of the Tagus river. This was enough to make it the highest bridge in the world, exceeding the Pont du Gard in France by just a few feet. For several hundred years it held the height record until Italy’s Ponte Delle Torri of Spoleto surpassed it. Alcántara is not only impressive for its height (which is a full 230 feet / 70 mtrs to the river bed) but for its size with 6 semicircular arches - the largest which spans 94 feet (29 mtrs). The word Alcántara is arabic for bridge.


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