Ponte della Costituzione, Venice

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The Ponte della Costituzione is the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, and was moved into place in 2007, amid protest by politicians and the general public. The bridge was installed in 2008 and opened to the public on the night of September 11, 2008. The bridge was known as Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande before the official name was adopted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Italian constitution in 2008. Tourists and locals in Venice now refer to it as the Calatrava Bridge .PlanningIn June 1999, the Municipality of Venice drafted a preliminary plan for a fourth bridge over the Grand Canal. Using a public selection process, they commissioned Santiago Calatrava in November 1999 to design the new bridge. Calatrava's response was an arched bridge with a large radius which was designed to be constructed off-site and installed entirely from the canal.DesignCalatrava designed an arched truss bridge with a radius of, with a central arch, two side arches and two lower arches. Girders placed perpendicular to the arches join them together. The girders consist of steel tubes and plates, which form closed section boxes. The stairway on the bridge is paved with pietra d'Istria, a stone traditionally used in Venice, alternating with tempered glass steps illuminated from below by fluorescent lights. The parapet is also tempered glass, terminating in a bronze handrail with concealed lighting. The contractor which had the task of constructing of the footbridge was Cignoni. Design and installation studies were carried out by a specialized group: professors Renato Vitaliani (Padua University) and Francesco Colleselli (Brescia University) for geotechnical and foundation aspects, the company Mastropasqua-Zanchin & Associates Structural Engineering for the steel arch and weldings verification, Fagioli Group and Giorgio Romaro (Padua University) for the installation activities.
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  • It is a bridge over the Canal to reach San Marco station Piazzale Roma bus and tram stops. Pass under a vaporetto ride. Rolling trunk station, walking bridge across to feel up and down. But first in Venice from the top of the bridge is the point in the picture.
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  • To move from Venice railway station the bus passed through this bridge. It is in Venice, a new glass-fronted bridge.
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  • It is a modern bridge downstream of the canals of Venice. Bridge lift on the downstream side of disabled-Apple-shaped, I have recently seen are most memorable.
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  • Beautiful bridge! It is a masterpiece of mordern architecture but also it doesn't conflict with the venetian amazing old buildings.
  • One of the best looking pedestrian bridges I've ever seen. Very modern design. If it's good to walk on I don't know :)
  • Fabulous the Constitution Bridge is the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice. It has been designed by Santiago Calatrava. Calatrava designed an arched truss bridge with a radius of 180 metres (590 ft), with a central arch, two side arches and two lower arches. Please mark this review as Helpful as it deems appropriate.
  • It is awesome, just remember there are stairs and you probably have a wheeled suitcase, so be careful
  • Great views. Much quieter than Rialto and thus lovelier. You can stand and watch easier traffic go by without hassle.

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