The Rion – Antirrion Bridge is one of the most emblematic projects in Greece and the world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge of the fully suspended type. The construction of the Rion-Antirrion Bridge allowed for the permanent connection of Peloponnese to Western Mainland Greece and reduced the average crossing time to 2.5-5 minutes, instead of 45 minutes previously made with ferryboats, which were often out of service due to bad weather conditions.
The geographic location of the Rion-Antirrion Bridge is also quite important, as it is adjacent to the Athens-Corinth-Patras National Road from the side of Rio, while, on the side of Antirrio it is close to the Ioannina-Antirrio motorway, making it a safe and modern connection between the two motorways that connect Athens to Ioannina.
The Concession Agreement was signed on January 3rd 1996 (although it was put into effect in 1997 when full financing was secured) and the period of the concession was set to 42 years.
GEFYRA S.A., the concessionaire, , in which AKTOR CONCESSIONS holds a 22.2% share, is responsible for the design, construction, financing, maintenance and operation of the Rion – Antirrion Bridge during the 42-year concession period.
The Rion – Antirrion Bridge possesses a continuous and fully suspended 2.2 km deck, while its 90 meters in diameter foundations rest on the seabed, which in some points reaches a world record depth of up to 65 meters.
Rion – Antirrion Bridge (Charilaos Trikoupis)