• Short Summary

    THE BRIDGE WHICH WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF PORTUGAL, THE SALAZAR BRIDGE ACROSS THE TAGUS RIVER AT LISBON, IS TO BE OPENED ON 6 AUGUST, WELL AHEAD OF THE ORIGINAL SCHEDULED OPENING EARLY NEXT YEAR.

  • Description

    THE BRIDGE WHICH WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF PORTUGAL, THE SALAZAR BRIDGE ACROSS THE TAGUS RIVER AT LISBON, IS TO BE OPENED ON 6 AUGUST, WELL AHEAD OF THE ORIGINAL SCHEDULED OPENING EARLY NEXT YEAR.

    IT IS A BRIDGE WHICH IS GOING TO SET NEW STANDARDS IN THE RECORD BOOKS. AMONG ITS "BIGGEST" ARE THE LONGEST BRIDGE SPAN IN EUROPE, THE DEEPEST PIER IN THE WORLD, AND THE HIGHEST BRIDGE TOWERS IN EUROPE. THESE TOWERS ARE 624 FEET HIGH.

    SPANNING THE TAGUS RIVER AT THE OCEAN END OF A LARGE INLET WHICH HAS LISBON ON ITS NORTH SHORE, THE NEW BRIDGE IS A VITAL LINK BETWEEN THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF PORTUGAL. AT THE MOMENT THE JOURNEY ACROSS THE RIVER MUST BE MADE BY FERRY BOAT OR BY TRAVELLING 20 MILES (30 KILOMETRES) UP-RIVER TO ANOTHER BRIDGE. THE NEAREST RAILWAY CROSSING IS 50 MILES (80 KILOMETRES) UP RIVER.

    IN CONTRAST TO THIS THE PORTUGUESE WILL NOW HAVE A FOUR LANE HIGHWAY SPANNING THE RIVER. THE DESIGN INCLUDES THE POSSIBILITY OF ADDING AT A LATER DATE BOTH TWO EXTRA TRAFFIC LANES AND, ON A LOWER DECK, A DOUBLE RAILWAY TRACK. THE NEW BRIDGE WILL LINK LISBON WITH THE RAPIDLY GROWING INDUSTRIAL AREA SOUTH OF THE RIVER, WHERE A NEW SHIPYARD IS NEARING COMPLETION AND PLANS ARE UNDER WAY FOR A NEW AIRPORT. LAND VALUES IN THE AREA HAVE RISEN BY UP TO ONE THOUSAND PER CENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACCATMCQRDOSZ8XNDP0VTIU4OI
    Media URN:
    VLVACCATMCQRDOSZ8XNDP0VTIU4OI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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