Local authorities say they hope the pedestrian suspension bridge will boost the economy by enticing locals to stay and tourists to visit.

AROUCA, PORTUGAL – JANUARY 14: A view of the ‘516 Arouca’, considered the largest suspension pedestrian bridge in the world at 516 meters long and 175 meters high, as it hangs above the imposing Aguieiras Waterfall in the Paiva Gorge and Paiva River that runs through it on January 14, 2021 in Arouca, Portugal. The construction is finished next to the Paiva footbridges and held by steel cables arranged 175 meters above the riverbed, and is anticipated to be one of the main tourist attractions in the district of Aveiro. It can only be seen from a distance because of Coronavirus restrictions on social distancing, but already exhibits almost all the metal railing that will allow people to walk along it, in a path that has a 516 meter span, and will be even longer in practice, given the aerodynamic curvature required to the deck. . (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)