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Cycle Footbridge

Massimo Majowiecki

The footbridge will straddle the Padua-Bologna highway at the Bologna tollgate end and is designed to be an imaginary gateway to the town. Lightweight and elegant, the structure will be a notable urban feature while ensuring low-environmental impact.
The main weight-bearing structure comprises two inclined “A”-frame pylons, reinforced by cross-members to allow a span of 90 metres from one support to the other and a height of 20 metres. At each support, the two posts of the “A”-frame column are some 10 metres apart and the thrust – generated by a weight-bearing mechanism very similar to that of a three-hinges arch – is balanced by a system of high-resistance woven steel cables. The two shafts of  the “A”-frame columns are a series of variable-size, box-shaped steel sections.
The secondary weight-bearing system comprises a series of stays and a “ridge beam” made up of welded...

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