516 Arouca – longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens

516 Arouca – longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens

Local residents have been invited to test out the 500m ‘516 Arouca’ walkway today that spans a gorge in Portugal’s Arouca Geopark.

ponte 516 arouca 6

The ‘516 Arouca’ gets its name from its staggering 516 metres span. Held up by steel cables and two large towers on each side it hangs 175 metres above the river Paiva in the north of Portugal The bridge took two years to build and cost 2.3m euros.

ponte 516 arouca 8 ponte 516 arouca 5

It will not open fully to visitors until May 3rd, but local residents were given a chance to try it out today.

Now it is open it holds the official record for the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. A title previously held by the 494 metres long Charles Kuonen Bridge in the Swiss Alps.

Born to Engineer Weekly

Get the latest Engineering news delivered to your inbox every Monday morning