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The Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge is the only bridge in the world with two curved decks held up by one concrete mast. It sits in the city of Sao Paulo. It is an exceptionally beautiful and engineeringly interesting bridge. Named after the famous entrepreneur Octávio Frias de Oliveira, the mast stands at 138 meters high and was finished in 2008.
The bridge was built to connect the Marginal Pinheiros to the Jornalista Roberto Marinho Avenue across the Pinheiros river. The basic form of the road system is an X shape. The mast is similarly X-shaped. The road deck is hung up by steel cables, these converge at the top part of the mast.
At night the bridge lights up in bright colours, being lit up by LED lights and large searchlights. Around Christmas, it gets lit up like a giant Christmas tree.
The building has been vandalized multiple times and there have been protests about how it is not for the common man but for the car driving elite. Pedestrians and bikers are not allowed on the bridge. Furthermore, there has been backlash about how the money could have been used to help alleviate poverty in the area and upgrade the slums around it. It has become a landmark for the city but not for the citizens.