|Type||Rion - Antirrion Bridge|
The linking of the Peloponnese peninsula to western mainland Greece, first envisaged by Charilaos Trikoupis in the 19th century, has finally become a reality 115 years later with the construction of the Rion - Antirrion Bridge. On the basis of its extensive and varied experience in the field of bridge construction - unique amongst Greek companies in its sector - AKTOR headed the front line in this monumental and difficult challenge. The bridge's total length is 2,883m, of which the cable-stayed structure spans 2,252m.
The seabed around the foundations of the central piers lies at a depth of 65m and the pylons rise to between 145m and 165m above sea level. The height of the free centre-span is 52m, ensuring the clear passage of all ships. The construction of the Bridge constituted a particularly complex challenge in view of the combination of a number of unfavourable conditions: the unusual depth of the bridge's foundations, poor resistance of the seabed and the high degree of seismic activity and tectonic movement in the area. The main construction works commenced in October 1998 and were completed by August 2004, reducing the average crossing time between the Peleponnese and the mainland from 45 to only 5 minutes.