Puente Leonel Viera

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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Mar 2020
Is Puente Leonel Viera a bridge or is it a roller coaster?

You can cross the Maldonado River between Punta del Este and La Barra on it, so that makes it a bridge, right? Many who cross, though, do so at high speed to produce the stomach-dropping feeling you get when you catch "big air" at the humps, so that makes it a roller coaster, right?

The bridge was built in 1965 by Viera, who had no experience in engineering or architecture. He was the first to design a bridge like this, a "stressed ribbon bridge," essentially a suspension bridge but with the suspension cables INSIDE the bridge itself.

Viera created what is now the Punta del Este-to-La Barra span. A second span, now carrying traffic from La Barra to Punta del Este, was added in 1998.

TIPS:

* This is a little dangerous to drive on since motorists speed across to create the roller coaster effect. Be careful.

* The newer bridge, carrying traffic from La Barra to Punta del Este, is said to be the better "roller coaster." It's the one our tour bus driver did his speeding on!
Written April 10, 2020
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1victor
North Narrabeen, Australia585 contributions
Mar 2020
This dual bridge is quite unique. Each of the two lanes of the bridge is a double curve.
It is both a vision to behold and an experience to travel over in a vehicle!
Written March 5, 2020
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danny
Jundiai, SP43 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Never seen a bridge like this wavy one, cool when you go with some 60km/hr. Feels like your brain get lifted.
Nice design
Written December 21, 2019
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Teresa H
Texada Island, Canada6,441 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
While this is a very unique bridge that they made another one to make each one way it is worth a drive, especially if the driver goes fast over the bumps.
Written November 20, 2018
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califcasl
1,105 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
We were in town on a cruise, and some ex-pats adopted us for the day, took us out to lunch. The drove us all over in their cute little Peugeot convertible, and this included going over this bridge very fast. Wheeee!
Written October 11, 2018
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Shirley H
17 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
Better known as punte de la barra is an exciting experience if you go over it fast. Unique in its design sets a mark to the entry to La Barra . A great place to find something to eat and greta restaurants . Also a lovely beach during the day,Can be windy but enjoyable.
Written October 9, 2018
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Steve Y
Silver Spring, MD4,119 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
The Puente Leonel Viera is quite an extraordinary bridge that can be found in La Barra, Maldonado.
Travelling along it, though very shortlived is a bit fun....going up and down. Quite a unique architecture!
Written May 18, 2018
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Alejandro Z
Miami, FL1,883 contributions
Feb 2017
This is a distinctive bridge in Punta. If you drive faster you have the sensation that you are in a roller coaster.
Written March 29, 2017
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juniorfx2112
Charlottetown, Canada118 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
It was very fun to pass by this bridge, also, the modern and classical combination seen in the local architecture is stunning. Definitely a nice place, to walk around, take pictures and off course, to drive by.
Written January 5, 2017
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Juan T
34 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
This is a very unusual bridge. I've never seen one like this. Be very careful with your speed, if entering very fast you could take off.
Written July 30, 2016
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