The Circular Bridge stimulates drivers to Slow Down and Enjoy the Views

Rarely do bridges not only encourage but truly force users to slow down and revel in the ride. Yet, this can be specifically what the Puente Laguna Garzon, a circular bridge in Uruguay, was designed to do. Created by famed architect Rafael Viñoly, the bridge represents a lagoon inside a lagoon that spans across the Laguna Garzón, between the coastal cities of Rocha and Maldonado. The central plan behind the new structure is to force traffic to slow down and take in the view.

Funded by a local developer Eduardo Constantini, the bridge is predicted to hold about 1,000 cars daily. It works by ripping 2 lanes of traffic as they cross the bridge, and is additionally equipped with pedestrian walkways on each side, at the same time encouraging drivers to slow down and tourists to take a jaunt across the water. The idea of the Puente Laguna Garzon was to remodel a traditional transport crossing into an event that slow down the speed of the cars, to provide a time to get pleasure from panoramic views to a tremendous landscape, and at the same time make a pedestrian place in the center.

Despite the intriguing idea, construction of the long-lasting project was met with some resistance from local and environmental residents who argue that the structure can amendment the lifestyle in each the connecting cities. The bridge can drive development on the agricultural coastline, specifically in Rocha, a region where environmental safeguards state that only 35% of the land could also be developed, and of this, 50 % should be put aside for green house. As infrastructure of the land develops, it'll be necessary to continue to shield areas in direct contact with nature and keep a watch on how tourism impacts the local way of life.


All images courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects  via Inhabitat

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