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Ishikawajima, others to build world's longest suspension bridge.

ROME, Oct. 13 Kyodo

An international consortium that includes Japan's Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. has received a 3.88 billion euro ($4.65 billion or 535 billion yen) contract to build the world's longest suspension bridge in Italy, the company overseeing the Italian government project said Wednesday.

Under the project, the consortium led by Italian construction firm Impregilo SpA will build the bridge connecting the Italian mainland and the island of Sicily, said Stretto di Messina SpA, the company created to complete the project.

The main part of the bridge alone, without the approach roads, is 3.3 kilometers, topping the corresponding 1.9 km part of Japan's Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, currently the world's longest suspension bridge.

The Impregilo-led consortium beat out a rival group led by Astaldi SpA for the contract. The rival group included Japan's Nippon Steel Corp.
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Date:Oct 17, 2005
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