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Libertador General San Martin Bridge


The Libertador General San Martin Bridge is a cantilever road bridge that crosses the Uruguay River and joins Argentina and Uruguay. It runs between Puerto Unzue, near Gualeguaychu, Entre Rios Province, Argentina, and Fray Bentos, Rio Negro Department, Uruguay, with a total length of 5,966 meters (4,220 meters in Argentine jurisdiction and 1,146 meters in Uruguayan territory).

Studies for the construction of a bridge over the Uruguay River were started in 1960 by a joint commission, which decided that the best place for it would be between Puerto Unzue and Fray Bentos. In 1967 the two countries signed an agreement ratifying the location, and in 1972 the construction contract was awarded to the International Bridge Consortium (Consorcio Puente Internacional), setting the cost at $21.7 million , then adjusted upwards.

The bridge was officially inaugurated on 1976-09-16. It was opened for public use and the next day it started functioning under a toll regime.

References

Puentes sobre el Rio Uruguay (in Spanish)

See also

General Artigas Bridge

Salto Grande Bridge

Cellulose plant conflict between Argentina and Uruguay

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