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World’s longest suspension bridge opens in Switzerland

Staff Writer | August 1, 2017
At 494m long, the new suspension bridge that opened near Randa in the canton of Valais is the longest in the world.
Charles Kuonen
Technology   Locals campaigned for a replacement
Sitting at 85m above the valley floor at its highest point, the bridge links two sections of the Europaweg two-day hiking trail between Grächen and Zermatt, The Local reports.

It replaces a former suspension bridge that was closed in 2010 shortly after it was opened, due to the danger of falling rocks.

Locals campaigned for a replacement, and the approximate 750,000 franc cost was sought from private investors.

Named after its main sponsor, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge was built in just ten weeks by Swiss firm Swissrope.