Egypt's Sisi opens huge suspension bridge over the Nile
(Corrects kilometre-to-mile conversion in paragraph 5)
CAIRO, May 15 (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi on Wednesday opened a suspension bridge over the Nile
touted as the world's widest, one of a series of military-led,
mega-projects designed to improve infrastructure and provide
The bridge, which crosses the Nile just north of central
Cairo, is a key link in a highway stretching from the Red Sea in
the east to Egypt's northwestern Mediterranean coast, and is
meant to help reduce congestion in the capital.
Traffic ground to a halt in parts of central Cairo on
Wednesday morning as Sisi travelled to open the bridge with
ministers and military generals.
At its widest, the bridge has six traffic lanes in each
direction and measures 67.3 metres (222 feet) across. A regional
director for the Guinness Book of World Records present at the
opening said that makes it the world's widest suspension bridge.
Around one million cubic metres of concrete as well as 1,400
km (870 miles) of steel wire for 160 suspension cables were used
in its construction, according to a presentation given at the
The bridge crosses the Nile's Warraq Island, which has an
estimated 100,000 residents, some of whom have protested against
planned demolitions on the island and plans to develop it into a
"modern residential community".
On an inspection visit to the suspension bridge last month,
Sisi denied reports the island could be sold to investors and
said the state could not forcefully evict residents.
Other prestige projects launched under Sisi include an
expansion of the Suez Canal, completed in 2015, and the building
of a new capital in the desert east of Cairo that is currently
(Reporting by Aidan Lewis, Mahmoud Mourad and Ahmed Tolba
Editing by Mark Heinrich)
First Published: 2019-05-15 13:01:32
Updated 2019-05-15 17:34:58
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