As part of his recent visit to Colombia, King Felipe VI visited the Pumarejo bridge, also known as the "Colossus of the Caribbean", design by COSMOSIVICSA. During the visit, Felipe VI was accompanied by the Minister of Transport Ángela Orozco and the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque.
COSMOSIVICSA CFO directly in Colombia for the occasion, Alex Serrano, explains the magnitude of the Pumarejo, which is the widest suspension bridge in Latin America and which generated around 5,600 jobs in its construction.
The Pumarejo bridge is located in Barranquilla and is a benchmark for its innovation, design and safety. At 2,173 meters long and with a deck of 38.1 meters, this bridge is a real challenge from an engineering point of view.
COSMOSIVICSA followed the design process and then Sacyr took care about the construction where have been used advanced construction methods to address this challenge. An example of this is the autocimbra, used for the construction of the bridge deck, and which was used for the first time in the country in this project.
Completed in 2019, the Pumarejo bridge has improved the connectivity and navigability of the Magdalena River, allowing the passage of larger tonnage vessels. Thanks to this intervention, the height of the ships that can now pass under the bridge is 45 meters and the length of the cable-stayed main span is 380 meters.
Pumarejo is one of the longest bridges in Colombia with these characteristics. It has two roads with three lanes each, 1 kilometer of viaducts and accesses, 3.2 km of pedestrian platforms and another 3.2 km of cycle path.