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Pumarejo bridge, the ‘Colossus of the Caribbean’

Spanning a length of 2,173 meters with a 38.1 meter deck, it is one of the most emblematic infrastructures in Latin America.
Puente pumarejo

Pumarejo bridge

  • Bridges
  • Engineering and Infrastructure Sacyr
  • Colombia

Sacyr Engineering & Infrastructures

15/09/2020

The Pumarejo Bridge (Barranquilla, Colombia) is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in Colombia, a major reference in terms of its innovation, design, and safety. At 2,173 meters in length with a 38.1 meter deck, the widest in Latin America, this bridge is a real challenge in terms of engineering. 

Which is why we used the most advanced building techniques to tackle this challenge. It was the first time that some of these technologies, such as the self-launching formwork used to build the deck, had been used in Colombia. 

This project, launched by Colombia’s national road institute, Invias, executed by Sacyr Ingeniería e Infraestructuras, and completed in 2019, has improved the navigability of the Magdalena River, allowing larger ships to pass beneath it. Thanks to this project, vessels up to 45 meters high can now pass beneath the bridge, and the length of the main cable-stayed span is 380 meters.

Pumarejo is one of the longest bridges of its kind in Colombia. It is a two-way bridge, with three lanes in each direction, 1 km of viaducts and access points, 3.2 km of pedestrian walkways, and a further 3.2 km of cycle lanes. A titanic feat of engineering that looks ahead to the future. 

2,173

METERS

Length of the main bridge

38.1

METERS

Maximum section width

133.5

METERS

Height of the pylons

Infrastructure that improves the lives of people 

The Pumarejo Bridge has not only improved Colombia’s road connections, it has also generated a positive impact on the development of the country and the quality of life of its citizens. 

Over the course of this four-year project, 5,600 jobs have been created. At the peak of activity, there were 1,500 people working on this project, 80% of whom were from the region itself. Engineers, welders, machinery operators, framers, metal workers, site managers.

All the workers involved with this project have brought their expertise, hard work and enthusiasm to this extremely technical and highly symbolic feat of engineering. 

Workers on the Pumarejo bridge discuss this behemoth (in Spanish). 

  • Bridges
  • Engineering and Infrastructure Sacyr
  • Colombia

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