Photographer's Note

This was a dangerous photo I took using my mobile camera. I was driving from Rio de Janeiro to Macaé and when I was at the Rio-Niteroi Bridge the sun was rising under this cloud day. It was about 6AM. The light was so fantastic that I took my mobile during I was driving to capture the moment.

President Costa e Silva Bridge, commonly known as the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, is a box girder bridge crossing Guanabara Bay, in the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It connects the city of Rio de Janeiro and the municipality of Niterói. It is currently the longest prestressed concrete bridge in the southern hemisphere, and the sixth longest in the world. From its completion in 1974 until 1985 it was the world's second-longest bridge.

It is 13.290 kilometres (8.258 mi) long – 8.836 kilometres (5.490 mi) over water and the bridge's central span is 72 metres (236 ft) high in order to allow the passage of hundreds of ships entering and leaving the bay every month. It carries 140,000 vehicles daily, which pay a toll only when entering Niterói of R$4.60 (as of October 2011), about US$2.60 or €1.90. It has 18 access points and eight overpasses.

Officially it is part of federal highway BR-101. Since June 1 1995, it has been under the management of Ponte S.A., under a 20-year concession.

on the right side of the photo you can see a big crane belonging to the port of Rio de Janeiro.

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