Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, Brazil (with Map & Photos)

Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge

In May 2008, a very unusual bridge was opened in Sao Paulo - Octavio Frias de Oliveira. We are used to bridges that are straight or slightly curved, nothing more. The same bridge has several roadbeds bent in different directions, moreover, its support mast has the shape of the letter "X". The bridge is considered to be suspended because its canvas is held by steel cables.

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Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge

The architects envisioned the installation of a variety of LEDs on the masts and cables of the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, allowing to achieve various lighting effects. This was the beginning of the spectacular tradition of lighting the bridge in different colors, taking into account the season, date and various events taking place in the city. The beauty and play with lighting made the bridge an important landmark in the city, and thousands of tourists visit it every day. The bridge is very telegenic, and its interesting design often inspires filmmakers for commercials.

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Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge

Why is the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge called that? The bridge is named after the newspaper publisher Folha de São Paulo, who was a very influential person in Brazil, and died a year earlier at the age of 94. The bridge was honored to bear his name. And Mr. Oliveira was honored to leave a mark on history and thus.

Actually, this is the official name, but there is also a folk name - Ponte Estaiada, that is, in Portuguese, cable-stayed bridge.

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Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge

The Oliveira Bridge connects Avenue Roberto Marino with the Marginal Pinheiros area across the Pinheiros River... It was built, among other things, in order to relieve urban traffic, and today, during rush hours, about five thousand cars pass through it every hour. Among other things, the Oliveira Bridge is unique in that it is the world's longest curved suspension bridge. Its length is 290 meters.

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Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge

The trouble is that such a prominent architectural object attracts vandals. In 2011, their first attack happened - 6 kilometers of wire were stolen, the control room of the bridge was smashed, panels were destroyed. A year later, more than half of the searchlights were stolen. Compensation for damage requires money, and time, during which those who wish can not contemplate the bridge in all its splendor. Nevertheless, the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge remains an important city attraction, which many tourists seek to contemplate.

Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge Map