The capital of Gran Canaria officially opens its new landmark
The capital of Gran Canaria already has a new landmark: the Onda Atlántica catwalk that connects the aquarium with the port market. This morning, Saturday, it was officially inaugurated by the president of the Canary Islands, the mayor of Las Palmas, and the president of the Las Palmas Port Authority.
Today the trio have officially opened the new iconic footbridge designed by the winners of the public competition, architects Javier Haddad and Ramón Checa, and which consists of a curvilinear route 283 metres long, over the main GC-1 motorway through the city.
The walkway, which has already established itself as a new benchmark for capital architecture, has been built on a metal structure, and covered with a structural steel plate, together with a concrete slab that serves as the foundation base for the bridge.
In total it has a constructed area of 1,800 square metres, it is 6.24 metres wide, of which three are actual walkway, and reaches a maximum height of 5.5 metres in the section that runs above the Avenida Maritima. The surface of the footbridge, through which people and bicycles can circulate, has a slope of 6%, respecting the accessibility guidelines.
The opening puts an end to three years of works that were slowed down by the original constructors that won the contract going bankrupt, with a total investment of 3.9 million euros.