The 120 m long main
span of the new bridge in
Girona relies on two king-post
trusses, the curved diagonal mem-
bers supporting the central part of
the deck. This suspender splits into
two branches over the small-
er span at either end.
IRONA (GERONA), A CITY OF nearly 100,000 in the northeastern region
of Spain’s autonomous community of
Catalonia and the capital of the province of Gerona, sits at the confluence of
four rivers: the Ter, the Onyar (Oñar),
the Galligants (Galligans), and the
Güell. It is a city rich in history,
art, and culture, dating back more
than 10 centuries, and the region is
a popular destination for tourists—
some 4. 7 million per year. The city features well-preserved
historic buildings, some having foundations dating back to
Roman times, as well as medieval and ancient Jewish neighborhoods. Visitors are also drawn to its cultural events, internationally recognized restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. This
charming city occupies a strategic position for road and rail
transportation between Spain and France. It can be reached
by high-speed rail from Barcelona, 120 km to the south, in
just 37 minutes, and from Madrid in three and a half hours.
Economic and population growth in the late 20th century led to new residential and industrial areas around the ancient city. These areas increased the demand for mobility and
resulted in traffic congestion on roadways entering the city.
Completed in March of this year, an innovative bridge over
the Ter River offers a new way to reach the center of the city
from the north. The structure crosses a riverbank habitat that
forms part of the Natura 2000 network, established through
a European Union initiative that seeks to prevent the degradation of natural habitats, encourage ecotourism, and support
In 2003 the city and the Spanish ministry in charge of
public works, the Ministerio de Fomento, signed an agreement covering the design and construction of the new bridge.
The alignment would include the front of the city’s main
hospital and enhance connectivity to the northern neighborhoods. It would also link the city’s ring road to the expressway known as N-IIa.