South Kantara bridge gets green light

Published April 30th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Obeid has approved the opening of South Kantara Bridge, which traverses the Suez Canal, for testing purposes, reported Al-Ahram. The bridge is located about 49 kilometers south of Port Said and 38 kilometers north of Ismalia. 


According to Al-Ahram, the bridge cost one billion Egyptian pounds to construct, with 60 percent of the bill being footed by the Japanese government, and the rest by the Egyptian government.  


One of the main purposes of the project was to insure a safe and reliable all-weather transportation link between Sinai and mainland Egypt, and it is expected that it will replace many of the ferries, which today transport goods and people across the waterway.  


The bridge, together with the Northern Coastal Highway, will help to complete a land transportation route between the North Africa and Europe, through the East Mediterranean and Turkey. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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