• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT AMERICO TOMAS OF PORTUGAL ON SATURDAY OPENED THE LONGEST SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN EUROPE - THE SALAZAR BRIDGE OVER LISBON'S TAGUS RIVER - IN A CEREMONY WATCHED BY TWELVE-THOUSAND GUESTS.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT AMERICO TOMAS OF PORTUGAL ON SATURDAY OPENED THE LONGEST SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN EUROPE - THE SALAZAR BRIDGE OVER LISBON'S TAGUS RIVER - IN A CEREMONY WATCHED BY TWELVE-THOUSAND GUESTS.

    THE TWENTY-SEVEN MILLION POUND BRIDGE HAS A CENTRE SPAN OF THREE-THOUSAND, THREE-HUNDRED AND TWENTY-THREE FEET (OVER 1000 METRES) AND HAS FOUR TRAFFIC LANES, DESIGNED FOR A FLOW OF BETWEEN SIX-THOUSAND AND NINE-THOUSAND CARS AN HOUR. GUNS BOOMED, AIRCRAFT FLEW OVERHEAD, AND WARSHIPS STEAMED PAST AS THE PRESIDENT NAMED THE BRIDGE THE PONTE SALAZAR IN HONOUR OF DR. ANTONIO SALAZAR, PRIME MINISTER OF PORTUGAL FOR THE PAST THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS.

    THE BRIDGE WAS BUILT BY THE UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION, LARGELY ON FINANCE ARRANGED THROUGH A WORLD BANK LOAN OF NEARLY TWENTY-MILLION POUNDS. MOTORISTS WILL PAY A TOLL OF TWENTY-ESCUDOS FOR EACH CAR CROSSING, AND THE BRIDGE IS DUE TO REPAY ITS COST OVER TWENTY YEARS.

    IT IS THE TENTH BRIDGE BUILT OVER THE TAGUS RIVER AND PROVIDES LISBON'S FIRST LINK WITH THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES, PROMISING A BIG BOOST TO THE SOUTHERN ECONOMY. ABOUT FIFTY-MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO CROSS IT ANNUALLY.

    IT IS ALSO PLANNED TO PROVIDE A FUTURE RAIL LINK WITH THE SOUTH.

    FESTIVITIES TO MARK THE OPENING WILL BE SPREAD OVER THREE DAYS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA460U1ZGFOI5IOLQT2NIY88XUJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA460U1ZGFOI5IOLQT2NIY88XUJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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