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Ponte Altinate

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Crosses  Brenta River
Design  Segmental arch bridge
Construction end  1st century BC
Longest span  12 m
Bridge type  Arch bridge
Number of spans  3
Locale  Padua, Italy
No. of spans  3
Width  7.77 m
Location  Padua
Body of water  Brenta
Ponte Altinate
Total length  44.40 m (incl. abutments)
Similar  Ponte di Quintodecimo, Ponte de RubiĆ£es, Ponte San Lorenzo, Nysa Bridge, Leontes Bridge

The Ponte Altinate is a Roman segmented arch bridge in Padua, Italy. The late Republican bridge once spanned a branch of the Brenta river whose course is today followed by the street Riviera del Ponti Romani. The structure is located at the crossing with Via Altinate and, lying underground, completely obstructed from view by the modern pavement.

The rise-to-span ratio is 1:4 for the main arch and 1:3.7 for the two lateral ones, while the ratio of pier thickness to clear span is c. 1:5.

Close-by is the similarly inaccessible Roman bridge Ponte San Lorenzo which is open to visitors at fixed hours though.

References

Ponte Altinate Wikipedia


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