After 3 years of work, The bridge between Russia and Crimean has been opened. It is the longest bridge in Europe with 19 km.
This “project of the century” completes what Mr Putin has framed as Russia’s historic reunification with Crimea four years after it was seized from Ukraine in the wake of a pro-Western revolution there.
The bridge may offer some relief for residents of the peninsula, who largely supported annexation but have suffered high prices for food and goods after deliveries from Ukraine were stopped. Sanctions have cut off trade with the rest of the world.
Before the commissioning of the bridge in the transport blockade imposed by Ukraine, the main routes to and from the Crimea were Kerch-Taman ferry line and air transport. However, the capacity of the ferry line is limited, which led to long delays on crossing during the peak of the tourist season, as well as during storms in the Kerch Strait
Switzerland has opened the world’s longest suspension footbridge. It is 494 meters long.
The bridge is suspended between 1,600 meters and 2,200 meters above sea level. It is only 65 centimeters wide and goes as high as 85 meters above the ground.
Hikers, within sight of the famed mountain, the Matterhorn, and the Bernese Alps, can cross it in about 10 minutes
The bridge crosses the deepest-cut valley in Switzerland. Hikers can look down onto it through grates in the bridge.
Without the bridge, the journey previously took up to four hours.
According to Swiss reports, it took only 10 weeks to build the bridge. And the structure surpasses Germany’s “Titan-RT” as the world’s longest suspension footbridge. The « Titan-RT », which opened last month, is just over 450 meters long. It crosses Germany’s highest reservoir, the Rappbode Dam.
The Swiss bridge is also longer than the so-called « footbridge in the sky. » This bridge, built in 2014, is part of the Sochi Sky Park in Russia. It spans 439 meters and includes observation platforms looking on the mountains and the Black Sea Coast.