Rion Antirion Bridge 2004

Rion Antirion Bridge 2004

© Alexander Tzoukas

The Bridge

The Peloponnese peninsula was only previously accessed from the Greek mainland by ferries, or the narrow strip of land close to Corinth in the east. A four-tower cable-stayed bridge was constructed to improve north-south connections over the Gulf of Corinth.

There are unusual conditions in the straits that the bridge engineering solution had to overcome: there is seismic activity, deep waters and a seabed of loose sediment. The bridge piers rest on a bed of gravel on the seabed which absorbs the energy during an earthquake, by allowing lateral movement.

The bridge opened the day before the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Rion Antirion Bridge

Also known as the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge

Key Facts

Motorway bridge

A four-tower cable-stayed bridge

One of the world’s longest cable-stayed suspended decks


Patras, West Greece

Across The Gulf of Corinth

Connecting the Greek mainland with the Peloponnese


Berdj Mikaelian


Vinci Construction Grands Projets


Multiple-span cable-stayed bridge

3 x 560m main spans

2,880m total length

Main contractors

French-Greek consortium led by Vinci


Began in 1999

Opened 7 August 2004

Other long-span bridges