Ponte dos Socorridos
Câmara de Lobos, Madeira Island, Portugal
394 feet high / 120 meters high
348 foot span / 106 meter span
Image by Graham Ramsden 52.
Located near the coast of the Portuguese island of Madeira is the Ponte dos Socorridos, a beautiful and rare extradosed bridge with concreted stay “sails” similar to the Ganter bridge in Switzerland. Located near Câmara de Lobos, the unusual span carries a 2-lane highway about 394 feet (120 mtrs) above a V-shaped canyon. Also on the island is the no less ordinary João Gomes bridge, a prestressed concrete beam span that is wedged between two tunnels 410 feet (125 meters) above a tight canyon near Funchal.
Socorridos Bridge satellite image.
Socorridos Bridge location map.