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Río-Niterói Bridge

Río-Niterói Bridge (80)

Let me introduce to you the longest bridge in the southern hemisphere. The President Costa e Silva Bridge, known as Río-Niterói Bridge, is over 13 kilometres long and connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói by bridging the whole distance of Guanabara Bay. 

Although the bridge was opened in 1974, after five years of humongous construction works, the idea of building a bridge to facilitate travel between both cities dates back to almost a century, i.e. 1875. It was not until 1963 that the project feasibility of building the bridge was studied and, when in 1968 President Artur de Costa e Silva authorised the construction, works began next year in January with a design by architect Mario Andreazza.

As a noteworthy peculiarity, for the design and construction of the central part of the bridge, they had to take into account both maritime and air traffic due to the bridge's proximity to the airport.

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