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Designed by architect Alexandre Chan and structural engineer Mário Vila Verde, Juscelino Kubitschek Brigde was elected in 2004 as the most beautiful bridge in the world by the Engineering Society of Pennsylvania, USA. The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, also known as the President JK Bridge or just the JK Bridge, completed in 2002 was named after former Brazilian president Juscelino Kubitschek, who established Brasilia as the nation’s capital in the 1950s. Juscelino-Kubitschek-bridge

Awards:

The JK Bridg, is a steel and concrete arch bridge that crosses Lake Paranoá in Brasília. This bridge has even won an Award for best steel structure of the year by ABCEM, Brazil. Chan the structural engineer was awarded the 2003 Gustav Lindenthal Medal at the International Bridge Conference (IBC) for the President JK Bridge, Brazil. For those who may be wondering the Gustav Lindenthal Medal is given for, “For a single, recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating, as appropriate, technical and material innovation, aesthetic merit, harmony with the environment or successful community participation.”

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Dimensions:

    • Rise: 60 m
    • Total length: 1,200 m
    • Clearance: 18 m
    • Arch span: 240 m for each of 3 spans
    • Deck Width: 24 m (three lanes in each direction)
    • Bridge Surface: 28 800 m²

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References

IBC Awards. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.eswp.com/bridge/awards.htm

Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge (Brasilia, 2002) | Structurae. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://structurae.net/structures/juscelino-kubitschek-bridge

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