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A Cable-Stayed Composite Steel and Concrete Bridge Creates a Long-Needed Crossing for Greece’s Corinth Strait Modern Steel Construction, December, 2005 Jacques Combault

The Rion-Antirion bridge spanning Greece’s Corinth Strait was the culmination of a long-time dream to link Peloponnese, in southern Greece, with the mainland. The bridge reduced travel time across the strait from 45 minutes to less than five. Approximately 10,000 vehicles now cross each day, up from the 7,000 that were ferried across daily before.

This cable-stayed crossing consists of a main bridge, approximately 2,252 m long (7,389’) and 27 m wide (89’), and two approaches of 392 m (1,290’) and 239 m (784’). The design team opted for a composite of steel and concrete. This decision laid the foundation for the rest of the design and served as the starting point for several other innovations. Read more…

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