President Nicolai Ceausescu of Rumania opened a new bridge spanning the Danube River last week.?
President Nicolai Ceausescu of Rumania opened a new bridge spanning the Danube River last week. The bridge, at Giurgeni-Vadul Oii, was officially opened when the Rumanian President cut a ribbon which crossed the bridge.
Following the official opening of the bridge, President Ceausescu examined the bridge from the water in a boat.
The bridge, a modern replica of an earlier bridge built by Anghel Saligny, a Rumanian engineer, is approximately 4,900 feet (1500 metres) long. It has four roadways for cars and trucks and two pedestrian foot-ways.
The concrete arches over the river weigh nearly 5,400 tons and are supported by pillars implanted 164 feet (50 metres) into the river bed.
One object of the new bridge is to open areas of Rumania near the Black Sea to tourism.