The 6th October Bridge is the African longest bridge; the bridge is an elevated highway in central Cairo, Egypt. It is a 20.5 kilometers (12.7 miles) bridge and causeway. It crosses the Nile twice from West bank suburbs, east through Gezira Island to downtown Cairo and went further to connect the city to the Cairo International airport.
This bridge and causeway took nearly 30 years to complete. They began the construction of the bridge and crossway in 1969 and completed it in 1996. The bridge is divided into phases, the phase 1 is 130 meters (430 ft) long, which spans the smaller west branch of the Nile from Gezira to Agouza and was built from May 1969 to August 1972. The Phase 9 is the 21.193 kilometers (13.169 mi)-long final length completed in 2005. The 6th October Bridge and Flyover runs from the Agricultural Museum in Dokki east to the Autostrade in Nasr City.
The name 6th October was given to the bridge because of The Crossing that happened in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War
The 6th October Bridge is otherwise called the ‘spinal cord’ of Cairo, and has been a major route for more than 500,000 people using it every day. As the major route for most Cairo people, it takes approximately 45 minutes to cross the bridge from one end to another.