Design-wise, the goal of the bridge was to add a defining visual element to the "skyline" of the entrance of Jerusalem, while on a more practical note the bridge's purpose is to carry the Jerusalem Light Rail, resolving traffic and pedestrian issues.
Similar to Calatrava's earlier (1992) design, the Puente del Alamillo in Seville, Spain, this subtype does not balance forces by using a symmetrical arrangement of cable forces on each side of the tower, but rather makes use of an angled cantilever tower loaded by cable stays on one side only, and consists of a single pylon counterbalancing a 160 metre span of the 360 meter structure with lengths of cables. While this leads to a less structurally efficient structure, it makes a dramatic architectural statement.
A striking feature of the bridge is a single 119-metre high mast supported by 66 steel cables that, as of 2008, constitutes the tallest structure in Jerusalem (although the nearby Crowne Plaza hotel appears taller from many angles on account of being built on higher ground). The bridge has become a tourist attraction and another symbol of Jerusalem, although the light rail project which is currently more than a year behind schedule will not be operative until 2010.
Jerusalem's hipper edge; Jerusalem's new hipper edge ; From architecture to museums, the old city sharpens its image
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