It has not been 17 years since its construction and the Millennium Bridge, built by OCA through the UTE Pontemiño, is already one of the symbols of Ourense. The construction company OCA participated in a round table on the main bridges over the Miño river, built in Ourense, in an event organized by the newspaper La Voz de Galicia. The group leader of the company in Ourense and Castilla y León Occidental, Ignacio Álvarez, was in charge of explaining the details regarding the construction of this infrastructure in an act attended by almost a hundred people.
The Millennium Bridge was built between April 1999 and October 2001. It was designed as a solution for traffic management in the city and pedestrianization of the oldest bridge in the city, the one built by the Romans. Designed by the architect Álvaro Varela de Ugarte in collaboration with the company Pondio Ingenieros, the Millennium Bridge was conceived to be more than an infrastructure, a symbol.
“One of its main characteristics is that it was designed not only for means of transport, but also for people,” explained Ignacio Álvarez during his presentation. The infrastructure, 110 meters long and 275 meters long, has a pedestrian walkway that hangs from the pylons, which surrounds it, generating a lookout for walkers 22 meters high.
In the round table on the bridges of Ourense also participated the director of the associated center UNED in Ourense, Jesús Manuel García, the engineer of roads and representative of the professional college of roads engineers Juan José Vázquez Cereda, and the public works engineer Xosé Carlos Fernández. Each one of the participants presented one of the main bridges of the city, providing technical and historical details. The event took place within the framework of the A Vivo Voice conference cycle of La Voz de Galicia, and had among its assistants the mayor of Ourense, Jesús Vázquez Abad.