Restoration of D. Zameiro Bridge
EP - Estradas de Portugal, SA
Zameiro Bridge is a Romanesque bridge, Bridge D. Zameiro is a bridge românicaem granite stone masonry with a reasonable size for this type of bridges, and comprises eight arcs of different diameters on which rests a deck bilinear irregular longitudinal profile with two unequal and ramps up from some spoken margins. The guards are in brick and granite floor is currently constituted by well paved sawn granite. Seven of the eight arches of the bridge are perfect round, and the amount of the penultimate arc seen a pointed arch (ogival arc). Between the arches has carved-seas are all upstream side of the triangle, while the downstream side of the seas there are carved-square (the majority) and triangular.
The project defined a set of interventions for the recovery of the bridge following the break, returning it to its physical and structural characteristics. In accordance with the decision made when the previous action of the Bridge rehabilitation, traffic is allowed only two-wheel vehicles and tractors, in addition to pedestrian and usefulness of the animal.
Zameiro Bridge was built in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and was part of the Roman road / Medieval that was beginning in Porto, past the Monastery of Vairão, crossed the Rio Ave on Bridge Ave or D. Zameiro, went towards the Monastery of S. Simon Junqueira, and crossed the East River Bridge in Arches, where headed for the Monastery of Rates, node where there was a fair road, driving to and Ponte de Lima Barcelos. This was the old road axis that the inquiries of D. Afonso III, in 1258, called "Via Vetera."