"Vasco de Gama Bridge" Ponte Vasco de Gama - Vasco da Gama Bridge Tip by Santini738

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  • Vasco de Gama Bridge - Lisbon
      Vasco de Gama Bridge
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  • Vasco de Gama Bridge - Lisbon
      Vasco de Gama Bridge
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The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts and roads that spans the Tagus River near Lisbon, capital of Portugal. It is the longest bridge in Europe, with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 mi), including 0.829 km (0.5 mi) for the main bridge, 11.5 km (7.1 mi) in viaducts, and 4.8 km (3.0 mi) in dedicated access roads. Its purpose is to alleviate the congestion on Lisbon's other bridge (25 de Abril Bridge), and to join previously unconnected motorways radiating from Lisbon.

The bridge was opened to traffic on March 29, 1998, in time for Expo 98, the World's Fair that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery by Vasco da Gama of the sea route from Europe to India.

The bridge carries six road lanes, with a speed limit of 120 km/h (75 mph), the same as motorways, except on one section which is limited to 100 km/h (60 mph). On windy, rainy and foggy days, the speed limit is reduced to 90 km/h (56 mph). The number of road lanes will be enlarged to eight when traffic reaches a daily average of 52,000.

Note : As of 2007, the toll is ?2.20 per passenger car, northbound (into Lisbon). There is no toll for southbound traffic.

Address: Parque das Naçoes
Directions: Metro - Oriente Station
Phone: +351 21 232 8200
Website: http://www.lusoponte.pt/

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