Ponte Emilio Baumgart

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Coordinates: 27 ° 10 ′ 20 ″  S , 51 ° 30 ′ 0 ″  W.

Ponte Emilio Baumgart
Ponte Emilio Baumgart
Ponte Herval (1931)
Crossing of Rio do Peixe
place Herval d'Oeste - Joaçaba
overall length 122 m
width 9.5 m
Number of openings three
Longest span 68.5 m
completion 1930
Status Destroyed by floods in 1983
planner Emilio H. Baumgart
Ponte Emílio Baumgart (Santa Catarina)
Ponte Emilio Baumgart

The Ponte Emílio Baumgart , originally called Ponte Herval , mostly referred to internationally as a bridge over the Rio do Peixe ( Ponte sobre o Rio do Peixe ), was a road bridge over the Rio do Peixe between the towns of Herval d'Oeste and Joaçaba in the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil .

After their planners Emílio Henrique Baumgart (born May 25, 1889 in Blumenau , † 9 October 1943 in Rio de Janeiro ) named and in 1930 built bridge was the first in cantilever built reinforced concrete bridge in the world.

It stood a few meters below today's pedestrian bridge. In June 1983 it was washed away to the foundations by an extreme flood.


The 121.9 m long bridge had three fields of 26.8 + 68.3 + 26.8 m. It had a 7.5 m wide carriageway with 1 m wide sidewalks on both sides.

The reinforced concrete beams on the outside had a variable cross-section of 1 × 4 m on the pillars, which decreased in a curved line to 0.30 × 1.7 m. Under the vehicle carrier were smaller longitudinal members at a distance of 4.15 m. Cross beams were arranged under the entire bridge every 3.09 m.

The outer fields were concreted on normal falsework. Likewise, the first 9.3 m of the middle field were built on both sides on fan-like cantilevered scaffolding. The remaining span was closed on both sides in 1.55 m long concreting sections.

Web links

  • Augusto Carlos de Vasconcelos, Gilson L. Marchesini, Júlio Timerman: Bridge Engineering in Brazil . In: Wai-Fah Chen, Lian Duan (Eds.): Handbook of International Bridge Engineering . CRC Press, Boca Raton 2014, ISBN 978-1-4398-1029-3 , pp. 188 ( limited preview in Google Book search).


  1. Rio do Peixe means 'fish river' and is a very common name that cannot be used for localization without further additions.