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Construction of footbridge which will span the Guadalhorce river begins in Asturias

Construction of the bridge being carried out in Asturias.
Construction of the bridge being carried out in Asturias. / SUR
  • The bridge will allow pedestrians easy passage over the Guadalhorce nature reserve

Assembly has begun on a wooden footbridge that will be installed over one of the branches of the river Guadalhorce. The structure will, once completed, be 270 metres long and 4.3 metres wide, making it the largest such construction in Europe.

The construction of the bridge is taking place in Asturias. The project will cost around 1.6 million euros, a burden that will be shared equally by Malaga's city council and the provincial government. It is hoped that the installation of the bridge in stages will begin in the last week of November.

The bridge will be transported bit by bit to Malaga, after which on-site assembly will begin, with authorities hopeful that it will be open to the public by the start of January.

Works in antipication of the installation of the structure are underway, with efforts currently focused on laying the foundations for the concrete pillars that will support the bridge.

When assembly has finished, the bridge will bring the Senda Litoral, a project to create a continuous coastal path more than 180km in length, one step closer to completion. Mayor Francisco de la Torre described the bridge as part of a city-wide move towards sustainable infrastructure.