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Transportation (September 20-24, 2006)

Bo Lorentzen

Flying through Blyde River Canyon

Paco Lorente

Amposta Bridge

Amposta, Spain

September 24, 15:30 UTC (17:30 localtime)

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Caption

The brigde, beside Amposta city, cross the Ebro river near his delta, the large river in Spain.

This suspension bridge was built in 1915 by J.Eugenio Ribera, his main span is 135 meters, and has two towers of 24 meters. It was Bombarded in 1938 during spanish civil war, and restored between 1939 and 1942. Only a few of this kind survive in Spain.

It was a big step in transportation, made with boats before his construction, and carried a lot of traffic for all XX century. Some Amposta city people remember it as his own Brooklyn Bridge, and more because his road cross his city.

Today, as other old bridges, has been surpased by others nearby highways bridges. But this bridge has a new opportunity, this year has been approved a full restoration with a budget of 2.6M €. This time we hope that shine as the true symbol of Amposta city.

Also, this 2006 year Amposta city is named "Capital of Catalonia Culture". http://www.amposta2006.org

Equipment

Pentax camera + 8mm Sigma fisheye. No tripod.

Puente de Amposta [spanish]

El puente, junto a la ciudad de Amposta, cruza el rio Ebro cerca de su delta, el río mas caudaloso de España.

Este puente colgante fué construido en 1915 por el ingeniero José Eugenio Ribera, su vano principal cubre 135 metros y tiene dos torres de 24 metros de altura. Fué bombardeado en 1938 durante la guerra civil española y restaurado posteriormente entre 1938 y 1942. Solo unos pocos de este tipo sobreviven en España.

Supuso un gran paso en el transporte por carretera que venía realizándose mediante barcas con anterioridad, y soportó un elevado tráfico durante todo el siglo XX. Algunos ciudadanos de Amposta lo recuerdan como su propio puente de Brooklyn, y más en cuanto a que la carretera que lo cruza lo hacía a si mismo por la propia ciudad de la que puede decirse que constituye su puerta de entrada.

Hoy, como otros puentes antiguos ha sido sobrepasado por otros puentes de las cercanas autopistas.

Pero este puente tiene una nueva oportunidad, este año ha sido aprobada su completa restauración por un importe de 2,6M E. Esta vez esperamos que brille como el verdadero símbolo de Amposta.

Tambien, este año 2006 has sido nominada la ciudad de Amposta "Capital de la Cultura Catalana" con el lema "Amposta, puente de la cultura catalana". http://www.amposta2006.org

Behind the scene : how this panorama was made

This panorama was made after finish a bike ride around a green railway http://www.ffe.es/viasverdes/fichas_htm/terraalta/ficha_terraalta.htm

Although there was very beautiful places while riding, and a good transportation topic, no one likes me to make a pano because they were big landscapes, bad for my low resolution equipment. Then I select this bridge because his notability and made it without tripod, as you can see. Then as you can see also there are some stitching errors.

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