Restoration of Roman Bridge Freixo
Restoration of Roman Bridge Freixo Local Freixo (Ourense) Year 1988 What have we improved?
  • Cleaning vegetation and trees
  • Repairing and rebuilding tympana, cutwaters, and abutment walls
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Restoration of Roman Bridge Freixo

In June, 1988 was drafted the project for the restoration of the bridge of Freixo, one of the three Roman bridges of Galicia that has reached our time practically unchanged and with almost no restorations. This work was accomplished by the civil engineers S. Alvarado, M. Durán and C. Nárdiz. The bridge erected across Arnoia river provided access to the pave road which linked the Roman villa Aquis Querquernis in the Via Nova to the conventus Lucensis (the capital city of Lugo in the Roman territorial organization). It has four semicircular vaults, made of granite ashlars, following the opus quadratum, a Roman construction technique, in which squared blocks of stone of the same height were set in parallel courses, often without the use of mortar. The result is a dimensional, formal and symmetric construction. The gradeline of the platform is horizontal and its width is 4,60 m. The pillars, which are not high, have regular floor-plans and triangular cutwaters.

The filling up of spandrel walls during the works of 1989, allowed the discovery of an internal reinforcement of the vaults, consisting of a second arch ring of ashlars added to the extrados from the spring lines to the haunches, reinforcing this lower part of the construction. Nowadays we know that this elements increased the vault stability since it facilitates the pressure line to act through the inside of the stonework. The bond of stonework of the central pillar and the abutments was made in layers of standardized ashlars laid in alternate stretched and header bond.

Contact us E.I.C. DURÁN, S.L.
Civil Engineering Firm
  • +34 988 239 271
  • info@eicduran.com
  • Barros Sibelo 1
    left ground floor,
    32004 Ourense (Spain)
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E.I.C. DURÁN, S.L. Civil Engineering Firm

E.I.C. DURÁN, S.L.
Civil Engineering Firm

  • Barros Sibelo 1, bajo izquierda 32004 Ourense (Ourense)
  • +34 988 239 271
  • info@eicduran.com

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