Takutu River Bridge

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Takutu River Bridge
Takutu River Bridge, from Guyana facing Brazil in Lethem
Coordinates 3°22′48″N59°48′52″W / 3.38011°N 59.81438°W / 3.38011; -59.81438 Coordinates: 3°22′48″N59°48′52″W / 3.38011°N 59.81438°W / 3.38011; -59.81438
Carries BR-401 Cars
Crosses Takutu River
Locale Lethem, Guyana to Bonfim, Brazil
Opened31 July 2009
Takutu River Bridge

The Takutu River Bridge (Portuguese : Ponte do Rio Tacutu) is a bridge across the Takutu River, linking Lethem in Guyana to Bonfim in Brazil. It was completed in 2009 and opened on 31 July 2009. [1] Its official inauguration was on 14 September 2009, in the presence of leaders of both countries. [2] It cost 5 million USD and was paid for by Brazil. [2] The bridge was a project within the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America. [3]


The bridge is the only instance in the Americas of a land border where drivers must change from driving on the left (in Guyana) to driving on the right (in Brazil), or vice versa. The changeover is achieved by means of a crossover bridge on the Guyanese side.

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  1. Kaieteur News Online, 29 July 2009
  2. 1 2 "Brazil and Guyana Inaugurate Border Bridge". sandiegouniontribune.com. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
  3. IIRSA.org -Bridge over Río Takutu