Vasco Da Gama Bridge 1998

Vasco Da Gama Bridge 1998

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The Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is one of two that span the Tagus River to connect Lisbon with the south and east of Portugal. It is a cable-stayed bridge close to the Lisbon shore and a long viaduct extending over 10km across the river towards Montijo. It alleviates congestion in the capital city and of the Tagus River Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril).

The bridge was opened in 1998 in time for the World Expo in Lisbon and named after the Portuguese explorer who was the first European to reach India by sea, from the Atlantic Ocean.

Vasco Da Gama Bridge

Cable-stayed bridge with a long viaduct to the east

Key Facts

Six-lane motorway

81 piers in the Tagus River


Lisbon, Portugal

Across the Tagus River

Consulting Engineers

Armando Rito (designer)

Michel Virlogeux (engineer)

Charles Lavigne (architect)


Cable-stayed suspension bridge

420m main span

17.2km total length

Main contractors

Lusoponte, a consortium of Portuguese, British and French companies headed by Campenon Bernard


Began in February 1995

Opened 29 March 1998

Other long-span bridges