The Rio-Niteroi Bridge is a Box girder bridge that connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi in Brazil.
Official name President Costa e Silva Bridge
Locale Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi, Brazil
Design Box girder bridge
Total length 13,290 m (8.25 miles)
Width 72 m (236.22 ft)
Beginning date of construction August 23, 1968
Completion date January, 1969
Opening date March 4, 1974
Construction began symbolically on August 23, 1968, with the presence of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in their first and thus far only visit to Brazil. Actual work began in January, 1969, and it opened on March 4, 1974.
Its official name is the "President Costa e Silva Bridge", in honor of the Brazilian president who ordered its construction. "Rio-Niteroi" started as a descriptive nickname that soon became better known than the official name. Today, hardly anyone refers to it by its official name.