“Music Bridge” for Rome

Samy Mansour
Sunday 06 Jul 2008

Construction of Ponte della Musica, a new bridge crossing the Tiber river in Rome, will soon start

The “Music Bridge” named due to its vicinity with the prestigious Parco della Musica Auditorium by Renzo Piano is a key part of the Rome city plan which involves the development of a new east-west axis along the Via Guido Reni on the east bank of the Tiber.

It will connect the various cultural and sporting facilities of the Flaminio district with the Olympic stadium and other sports facilities on the west bank in Monte Mario.

Roberto Morassutt, council representative for the City Planning Department, said: “The construction of Ponte della Musica is part of an important infrastructure, able to improve the public circulation as a whole dynamic system typical in urban areas, including pedestrian and cycle ways. It has been expected in urban planning since 1931. It has an enormous cultural and urban value; the area, set along the town circumference, will become a great public space for cultural events in facilities such as the Auditorium and the new MAXXI gallery.”

International multi-disciplinary consulting engineer Buro Happold was part of the competition winning design team, providing bridge, infrastructure and transport engineering for the project.

Buro Happold technical director and project leader, Davood Liaghat said: “Designing and building a bridge in Rome is any engineer’s dream. It embodies fantastic engineering; simplicity, elegance and functionality. We are very proud to have worked with a professional team of client, architect and engineer and look forward to the day when the bridge is opened to the public.”

The scheme consists of two inclined steel arches supporting a steel deck. The arch springings, designed in concrete, incorporate staircases providing secondary access from the lower river banks. Primarily, the bridge has been designed for pedestrians but it also allows for future conversion that will accommodate vehicular and tram loading. The width varies between 12-18m.

Once finished, this contemporary new crossing will measure approximately 200m long with a clear span of around 150m.

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