Sava River Bridge (A3)

Zagreb, Croatia

Sava River Bridge (A3)

The Sava Bridge is located between Kosnica and Ivanja Reka interchanges of the A3 motorway near Zagreb in Croatia, spanning Sava River. It is 1,064.5 metres (3,492 ft) long, and it comprises four traffic lanes and two emergency lanes. Construction work on the Sava Bridge started in 1977 and was opened to traffic in 1981. When completed, the bridge was the largest, in terms of its plan area, prefabricated girder bridge in Croatia. The bridge was designed by Zvonimir Lončarić and built by Hidroelektra, Zagreb.

The bridge consists of three major sections. The southern foreshore is spanned by 39-metre (128 ft) prefabricated reinforced concrete girders freely supported across neoprene bearings on top of pier cap beams spanning 40 m (130 ft) + 12 x 41 m (135 ft) = 532 metres (1,745 ft). The central section of the bridge consists of cantilevers and suspended 39-metre (128 ft) prefabricated reinforced concrete girders, and is 328.5 metres (1,078 ft) long. The southern foreshore is spanned by a structure identical to the one on the northern foreshore, except it is shorter as it spans 40 m (130 ft) + 4 x 41 m (135 ft) = 204 metres (669 ft). Bridge piers are thin and slender to minimize any disruption to Sava River course. Bridge foundations are executed on "Benoto" piles. The bridge is executed as two parallel structure – each carrying one motorway carriageway.

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