Built in 1998, the pedestrian bridge over Onyar River, in Girona, connects the Devesa Park with the Saint Feliu Square, adjacent to an elegant gothic church. The structure is located in an urban surrounding, the old district of the city, with a
strong personality. As a result, we have designed a sober and slender pedestrian structure; a pure minimalist solution. The bridge’s main span is 191 ft (58.4 m) long. The structure is of simple appearance but is also complex due in part to its great slenderness.
The structural system is a weathering steel frame with only one span, embedded on both ends into the concrete abutments. The bridge comprises an 11 ft (3.5 m) wide deck and is characterized as a weathering steel box girder of variable height between 1 ft (0.6 m) (L/97) at middle span and 5 ft (1.7 m) (L/34) at supports. The steel hand rail has been conceived to be part of the main structure and for this reason the bridge reaches a high slenderness.
Pedelta received the Civil engineering mention award (2nd Prize) in Construmat Exhibition for the Sant Feliu footbridge design in Girona (2000). This bridge was also selected for the FAD Awards (1997) and Eduardo Torroja Awards (1999).
The steel girder was prefabricated in three segments. The three pieces were lifted to their final position, using two auxiliary supports, and finally welded together. Thereafter, the two concrete abutments were cast in place to complete the final
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