Recognition as a world record breaker
The new Viaduct over the Almonte River has been awarded the Gustav Lindenthalm Medal. This prestigious award, sponsored by the Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), is awarded by the International Bridge Conference (IBC). The award was presented in June 2017, during the thirty-fourth annual IBC meeting in Maryland.
However, this is not the only recognition the Viaduct has received. In the category of Bridges, the project was awarded the second prize in the Engineering Awards of ACHE (Scientific-Technical Association of Structural Concrete). ACHE announced the prize on April 14, and the awards were presented in A Coruña, Spain in June.
IDOM has been involved in the development of this unique structure since 2011, participating in the design, construction project, in collaboration with the firm Arenas y Asociados. We have also provided technical assistance to the works management team for ADIF.
Spanning 384 m, the arch of the bridge is a world record breaker: 1) it is the longest high-speed rail bridge in the world, surpassing the Dashegguan Bridge in China, 336 m, 2) it has the largest concrete arch, surpassing the bridge over the Froschgrund lake of the Nürnberg-Erfurt line in Germany by more than 100 m, 3) and it is the third largest concrete arch in all categories of bridges.