After seeing that one of the most popular posts on my site is in reference to the JK Bridge in Brasilia, I thought I’d post another nice-looking bridge. This time, it’s located in São Paulo’s Zona Sul district (more specifically the Brooklin neighborhood) which was completed last year (although last time I was in SP, it looked like this).
The Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in São Paulo, Brazil over the Pinheiros River, which opened in May 2008. The bridge is 450 ft tall, and connects Marginal Pinheiros to Jornalista Roberto Marinho Avenue. If you are wondering about the name of the bridge, it references the late-Brazilian executive who started Grupo Folha, of Folha de São Paulo newspaper fame. The originally proposed name for the bridge was the Journalist Roberto Marinho Cable-Stayed Bridge, but at some point in the year prior to its completion, the name was changed. Perhaps there was an outcry from die-hard Paulistanos about the proposed name due to the fact that Marinho owned the newspaper O Globo and was a Carioca.
The bridge deck is unusual due to its form, which is similar to an “X”, crossing at the tower. Height-wise, if you were standing on the 46th floor of a building, you would be level with its highest point. It is also the only bridge in the world that has two curved tracks supported by a single concrete mast.
The construction began in 2003 after the Bahian contruction company OAS won the bid to build it.
“Of the 420 construction workers that helped build the bridge, 84 were born in the Northern state of Piauí and 126 arrived from the Northeastern state of Bahia. They have similar stories and many of them still plan on returning home. “Those who don’t study anything, who don’t have anything, must take any opportunity that appears,” says Jaílton Antunes da Silva, 47 years old, a Bahian from the Paulo Afonso municipality. “And the chance that I had happened to be in civil construction.” The workers on the bridge earn on average between $500 and $1,000 USD per month.” – Source (in PT)
Since the inauguration, a fully computerized system of LED lights changing colors and patterns, developed by Philips, illuminates the bridge at night.