The last girder of one of the world's longest bridges -- named after the late Brazilian President Costa a Silva will soon be put in place.
AERIAL VIEW Bridge
SV PAN ACROSS Bridge under construction, with small gap in middle
SV Work on bridge road surface
SCU Workmen spray roadway
SV Workmen clear up
LV PAN Bridge to unfinished section
AERIAL VIEW Section being lifted into position (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Bridge
AERIAL VIEW BRIDGE: BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION WITH GAP IN MIDDLE: WORK ON BRIDGE ROAD SURFACE: WORKMEN CLEAN UP: AERIAL VIEW SECTION BEING LIFTED INTO POSITION: AERIAL VIEW BRIDGE.
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Background: The last girder of one of the world's longest bridges -- named after the late Brazilian President Costa a Silva will soon be put in place. It will connect the twin cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi across the Bay of Guanabara.
The white bridge, together with its flyover approaches, extends for 14.9 kilometres (8.7 miles) with 8.9 kilometres (5.6 miles) of it spanning the water.
The bridge has taken four years to build and has claimed 23 lives in construction accidents.
It will be officially opened to traffic on 4 March -- six years after Britain's Queen Elizabeth laid the foundation stone in 1968.
The President Costa e Silva Bridge has the world's longest freely-suspended central platform with a 300 metre (yard) span 72 metres (yards) above sea-level -- allowing the biggest ocean liners to pass underneath.
It's costing 990 million cruzeiros (66 million sterling) -- most of it provided by British financiers. It was built by four Brazilian firms with two British companies in charge of steel work.
Toll payments of 10 cruzeiros (66 pence sterling) for a one-way trip are expected to recoup building costs in eleven years, with an estimated daily traffic of 15,000 vehicles.
SYNOPSIS: One of the world's longest bridges nearing completion in Brazil after four years construction. Named after the late Brazilian President Costa e Silva, the soaring white bridge connects the twin cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi across the Bay of Guanabara.
Together with its flyover approaches, the bridge is nearly fourteen kilometres long -- nine kilometres of it spanning the water.
It claimed twenty-three lives in construction accidents.
The President Costa e Silva Bridge will carry an estimated 15,000 vehicles daily. It cost 66 million pounds sterling.
One of the last section is hoisted into place as work draws to a close. The bridge will be opened to traffic in March.