Bulgaria, Romania open Danube bridge

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Bulgaria and Romania opened a long-delayed, European Union-funded bridge over the Danube on Friday — just the second crossing along their 470-km river border.

The bridge is part of the pan-European transport corridor IV running southeast from the German cities of Dresden and Nuremberg before forking to Constanta in Romania, Thessaloniki in Greece and Istanbul. Previously, Bulgaria and Romania were only linked by a single bridge further east along the Danube.

With a length of 1,791 meters, the new cable-stayed bridge of steel and concrete is the longest structure along the Danube. It has four lanes for cars, a rail section and bike lanes.