President Nicolai Ceausescu of Rumania opened a new bridge spanning the Danube River last week.?
SV Ceausescu takes pair of scissors and cuts tape opening bridge
SV Crowd applauds
MV Ceausescu walks across bridge
TRACKING SHOT Crowd wave flags
LV Ceausescu walks down gangway to steamer
SCU Sign name of ship: "Muntenia"
LV PAN New Danube bridge, flags in foreground
MV Wake of boat, flag in foreground
LV PAN New Danube bridge
LV PAN FROM Stern of boat, bridge
SCU Ceausescu through boat window
LV New Danube bridge, PAN AND ZOOM TO crowds waving, ZOOM OUT AND pass under bridge
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Background: 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.