Concrete beams were used for the decking, whilst hollow section steel formed the rest of the structure.
The pedestrian walkway over the River Turia connects two neighbourhoods of the city of Valencia (Eastern Spain). Its design is based on facilitating a pedestrian and cyclist walkway and providing a new perspective of the city.
The aggressive atmospheric environmental conditions led to the choice of materials to be used. The objective was to provide durability and obtain substantial savings by minimizing maintenance costs.
The designers sought to convey a message of comfort and relaxation during the course of the urban pathway project that the pedestrian bridge links into. This includes the Oceanogràfic, City of Sciences area and the port. Concrete beams were used for the decking, whilst hollow section steel formed the rest of the structure. The main objective was the creation of a light open structure that did not interfere with the enjoyment of walkers.
All hollow steel sections were galvanized to provide external as welll as internal corrrosion protection.
Concrete beams were used for the decking, whilst hollow section steel formed the rest of the structure
All steel sections for the bridge were hot dip galvanized in order to achieve the required durability. Galvanizing also, provided the added benefit of a tough resilient coating. An important design element of the walkway structure was the use of hollow section steel in order to reduce weight.
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Although the detailing and welding of the structure were given a high level of priority during the construction process, the decision to galvanize the hollow sections gave the assurance of obtaining both an internal as well as an external protective coating.
Aesthetics became an important aspect of the design so it was decided to paint the galvanized steel to provide the required final finish.
Pedestrian Walkway over the river Turia in Valencia, Spain.
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