Rio-Antirio or Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge

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Source: Pascal Brackman

The 2,880 meters (9,449 ft) long bridge, finished in 2004 is widely considered to be an engineering masterpiece. Its five-span four-pylon cable-stayed portion of length 2,252 meters is the world's second longest cable-stayed deck; only the deck of the Millau Viaduct in France is longer (2,460 meters or 8,071 ft). Several solutions had to be applied to span the difficult site, including passing deep water, insecure materials for foundations, seismic activity, the probability of tsunamis, and the expansion of the Gulf of Corinth due to plate tectonics.
The bridge was finally inaugurated on August 7, 2004, a week before the opening of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens -- and the Olympic torchbearers were the first to officially cross its length.

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