The award has gone to the viaduct built over the Almonte River, located in the 6.3 km long Alcántara-Garrovillas dam section on the Madrid-Extremadura High Speed Line.
The viaduct over the Almonte River has a height above the Alcántara average dam level of approximately 100 metres and it has set a world record in terms of span length for arches used for high-speed rail, with a 384-metre central concrete arch-type span.
In the vicinity of this viaduct, Adif Alta Velocidad is building the viaduct over the Tagus River, which will rank second with a 324-metre span.
This new recognition is in addition to the Outstanding Structure Awards’ second place awarded by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) on 19th September 2018 in Nantes (France).
Likewise, in 2017 the Almonte viaduct received other awards, such as the Gustav Lindenthal Medal, granted each year by the Executive Committee of the International Bridge Conference (IBC) to recognise an outstanding achievement in bridge engineering; the second place for best work in the bridge category granted by the Spanish Structural Engineering Association (ACHE); and the Global Best Projects award in the Bridges/Tunnels category given by the ENR magazine.