Bridge in Florianópolis Reopens After a 30-year Interdiction

According to the Santa Catarina government, the work started in 2006 is about 95 percent complete, with some "adjustments" and repairs still to be done.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Interdicted since July 1991 due to the structure's risk of collapse, the Hercílio Luz Bridge, which connects Florianópolis (SC) to the mainland, was reopened yesterday, December 30th, for pedestrians and cyclists.

With displays by local artists and other attractions, the partial reopening of the famous Santa Catarina postcard attracted thousands of onlookers and officials.

The Santa Catarina State Police also paid special tribute: police officers who drove some of the historic cars and who patrolled the vicinity wore a uniform identical to the one worn on the day the bridge was inaugurated on . . .

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