Baluarte bridge

Baluarte bridge

The record-breaking bridge

Mexico
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  • The Baluarte Bridge, delivered in January 2012, is part of Mexico’s second motorway, which links the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific coast. One of the country’s emblematic infrastructures, reaching a height of more than 400 metres above Baluarte River, the structure took around four years to build, and was one of North America’s largest construction sites. Our subsidiary VSL was a member of the consortium designated by the Mexican government to carry out this project, intended to overcome the lack of connections between the east and the west of the country.

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    “The Baluarte bridge is a major infrastructure for Mexico. It’s the most remarkable structure on the highway that will link the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean and will make it possible to reduce journey times considerably for users.”

    Bruno Delalande, VSL project director

  • Forming part of a highway under construction that will replace the dangerous serpentine road in the north of Mexico known as the Devil’s Backbone, the Baluarte Bridge is a key factor in reviving tourism and economic activity in the region. For car drivers, the direct benefit of the project is a reduction in the journey time between Mazatlán and Durango from 6 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes.

     

     

     

  • Recognised in 2012 by Guinness World Records, this is the world’s tallest cable-stay bridge, reaching a height of 403 metres above the Baluarte river. Its central span of 520 metres also ranks as the longest in the American continent. These impressive dimensions required the use of a special form traveller system designed to erect the deck of the central span, which consists of steel voussoirs weighing up to 120 tonnes.

     

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    Context
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    Testimony
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    Ambitions
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    Innovations
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  1. 1
    Context
  2. 2
    Testimony
  3. 3
    Ambitions
  4. 4
    Innovations
  5. 5
    Video
  • The Baluarte Bridge, delivered in January 2012, is part of Mexico’s second motorway, which links the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific coast. One of the country’s emblematic infrastructures, reaching a height of more than 400 metres above Baluarte River, the structure took around four years to build, and was one of North America’s largest construction sites. Our subsidiary VSL was a member of the consortium designated by the Mexican government to carry out this project, intended to overcome the lack of connections between the east and the west of the country.

  • Testimony

     
     
     

    “The Baluarte bridge is a major infrastructure for Mexico. It’s the most remarkable structure on the highway that will link the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean and will make it possible to reduce journey times considerably for users.”

    Bruno Delalande, VSL project director

  • Forming part of a highway under construction that will replace the dangerous serpentine road in the north of Mexico known as the Devil’s Backbone, the Baluarte Bridge is a key factor in reviving tourism and economic activity in the region. For car drivers, the direct benefit of the project is a reduction in the journey time between Mazatlán and Durango from 6 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes.

     

     

     

  • Recognised in 2012 by Guinness World Records, this is the world’s tallest cable-stay bridge, reaching a height of 403 metres above the Baluarte river. Its central span of 520 metres also ranks as the longest in the American continent. These impressive dimensions required the use of a special form traveller system designed to erect the deck of the central span, which consists of steel voussoirs weighing up to 120 tonnes.

     

Baluarte bridgeOvercoming geographical barriers

With foundations carved directly into solid basalt, the Baluarte Bridge required extensive excavation works. Beyond this difficulty, the geographical location of the site – a remote area surrounded by steep slopes – was in itself an immense challenge. To overcome it, 25 kilometres of temporary roads had to be built. The aim was to connect the entrance to the site, situated 2,000 metres above sea level, and the highest point of the project, 700 metres above the Baluarte River.

 

Baluarte bridgeAcknowledged expertise to meet extraordinary ambitions

Selected for the project by the Mexican Ministry of Communication and Transportation, our subsidiary VSL demonstrated its expertise as a leader in the construction of prefabricated bridges and cable-stay systems. Its first role was to design, supply and assemble the form travellers used in building the central span; it then installed the cables and carried out the post-tensioning of the bridge’s piers and deck. VSL was a member of the project consortium, operating in partnership with three Mexican contractors: Tradeco Infraestructura, Idinsa and Aceros Corey.

 

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