Rio-Antirrio Bridge (Charilaos Trikoupis), Antirrio

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The Rio–Antirrio Bridge, officially the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge after the statesman who first envisaged it, is one of the world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and the longest of the fully suspended type. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese peninsula to Antirrio on mainland Greece by road.The bridge accommodates both pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic.NameIts official name is the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge. Charilaos Trikoupis was a 19th century prime minister of Greece; he suggested the idea of building a bridge between Rio and Antirrio. The project was too expensive at the time, when Greece was trying to get a late start in the Industrial Revolution.The Greek word gefyra (bridge) also refers to the Rio-Antirio bridge in informal everyday speech, originating from the domain name of the bridge's official internet site.LocationThe 2880m long bridge dramatically improves access to and from the Peloponnese, which could previously be reached only by ferry or via the isthmus of Corinth in the east. Its width is 28m — it has two vehicle lanes per direction, an emergency lane and a pedestrian walkway. Its five-span four-pylon cable-stayed portion of length 2252m is the world's second longest cable-stayed deck; only the deck of the Millau Viaduct in southern France is longer at 2460m. However, as the latter is also supported by bearings at the pylons apart from cable stays, the Rio–Antirrio Bridge deck might be considered the longest cable-stayed "suspended" deck.
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  • Of the largest projects in the country's modern history. Extremely impressive architecture, harmonised methodology flawlessly with the natural environment. Ideal place for jogging, walking and cycling especially in spring-summer. (Free) In negative high toll rates for vehicles!
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  • Lacy cable-stayed bridge, which connects the Peloponnese peninsula with the Mainland in its narrowest point. Beautiful view of the Bridge opens with piers Rio, weather permitting, far visible.
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  • Knowing bridges major metropolis and elsewhere, I am always in awe when I cross that bridge suspended cable and this, we owe it to the technology from a French company, Vinci. Bravo. We have the highest at 65 m above the water level. Think about the importance of the pillars and the strong winds, earthquake! That's great; but such an achievement at a price: €14 for a go simple.Comme for Millau, it must borrow it at least once, even if it can be avoided. The following questions are not in line with the bridge.
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  • All most 13€ toll tax to pass it. Better take the boat with 6,5€ and admire the bridge longer, better and from a nice perspective.
  • We crossed bellow windsailing at 18/20 knts from East to West staying below the yellow mark and leaving the first pillar at our right side. We didn't feel much current.
  • Amazing bridge that made the crossing much more convenient. Ferries are still operating and at half the price, but take around 30 minutes (including waiting times) compared to just a couple going over the bridge.
  • Very interesting solution for the high earthquake risk area But Not The Best Bridge in The World.
  • Peace of art but too expensive!