Egypt has officially opened its newly constructed suspension bridge over the Nile called the Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge.
The bridge was opened on Wednesday by the country’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after two years of construction.
Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge crosses the Nile, north of central Cairo. It links a highway that stretched from the Red Sea in the east to Egypt’s northwestern Mediterranean coast.
The total length of the Bridge is 16.7 kilometers, six traffic lanes in each direction and divided into five bridges connecting a number of areas.
It was built purposely to reduce congestion in the capital, Cairo. Traffic from east of Cairo to Alexandria Desert Road, Matruh, and al-Alamein highway will now pass through the bridge instead of the heart of Cairo.
It has a width of 64.8 meters beating Canada’s suspension bridge which has a width of 64.2 meters.
The Turkish Bosphorus bridge comes third at 58.5 meters wide. Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge is considered one of the most important projects by Egypt’s National Network of Roads.
4,000 engineers, technicians, and workers were used to construct the bridge, according to official documents.
One million cubic metres of concrete and 1,400 km of steel wire for 160 suspension cables were used for the construction.
Egyptian officials have requested that the bridge be registered as the widest suspension bridge in the world on the Guinness World Records.
Guinness World Records officials in the Middle East and North Africa region have confirmed the bridge as the widest suspension in the world.
Egypt is now preparing to build other projects that could be entered into the Guinness World Records books.