The Tagus Bridge was inaugurated in 1966, precisely 50 years ago. This work of art was a landmark of engineering in Portugal. Built by the United States Steel Export Company which was also responsible for the construction of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, it was completed ahead of schedule and at lower costs than expected.ção da Golden Gate bridge, em São Francisco. However, it was completed ahead of schedule and at a lower cost than expected.
At the time of its inauguration it was the fifth largest suspension bridge in the world and the largest outside the United States. Today, this iron-road bridge is a fundamental element in the mobility of the inhabitants of the two banks, being used daily by about 300 thousand people.
What did the construction of the bridge mean?
The Tagus Bridge has undoubtedly had a key role in Portugal’s history. Before its construction, crossing the Tagus River was a difficult and time-consuming challenge for the population, and it was only possible to do it by boat.
The construction of the bridge allowed a quick and easy connection between Lisbon and Almada, boosting the economic and social development of the region. In this sense, the bridge symbolizes the entrepreneurial and visionary spirit of the Portuguese people, who were able to overcome seemingly impossible challenges.
Similarly, this infrastructure has also had a significant cultural impact. The connection between these two cities has facilitated the sharing of ideas, trade and culture. That is, the 25 de Abril Bridge has become a connecting point for neighboring communities, where people from different backgrounds meet and interact. Consequently, the bridge over the Tagus has become a symbol of identity for the Portuguese, and is often depicted in works of art and photographs.
Now just preserve it
To ensure the preservation of the 25 de Abril Bridge, constant maintenance and restoration actions are implemented. Thus, the bridge is regularly inspected by specialized engineers, to check the structural integrity and safety of the bridge. In addition, cleaning and painting work is completed to maintain the bridge’s aesthetic appearance. When necessary, repairs are carried out to correct any wear and tear or damage caused by time and constant use.
The Tagus Bridge is a masterpiece that continues to enchant people from all over the world.