A bridge claimed to be the longest in Europe will be officially opened in Zeeland, Holland, on Wednesday by Queen Juliana.
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Background: A bridge claimed to be the longest in Europe will be officially opened in Zeeland, Holland, on Wednesday by Queen Juliana. The bridge across the East Scheldt is more than three miles long and provides a vital link in the road joining the islands of South Holland with Rotterdam.
The East Scheldt Bridge is part of Holland's Delta Plan, one of the world's biggest engineering projects due for completion in 1980 and costing up to GBP300,000,000. It involves the ??? of the vast Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt estuary with new dykes and the building of additional roads, bridges and channels.
The bridge, made of prefabricated prestressed concrete sections, has 51 spans, each more than 100 yards (91 metres) long. The bridge-deck is 36 feet (about 10 metres) wide and is expected to be used in the coming year by about 1,000,000 motor vehicles. The bridge was built in about 18 months.