In the Portuguese times, distances were measured in covados (one covado = 0.66 metre). In his book Snapshots of Indo-Portuguese History – I, Vasco Pinho mentions that the Pont de Linares Bridge was 4448 covados long which translates into a length of almost 2.95 kms. The bridge had total 38 arches on the Panjim side the Ourem Bridge acting as the final link on the Panjim side. The bridge had another 6 arches on Ribander side with the causeway in between.
Ponte de Linhares History
Bridge consruction started in 1633 as the Ponte de Pangim . The bridge ultimately cost approx Rs 40,000 to build which was a huge sum at that time and was renamed as Ponte de Linhares in 1634 when it was opened for traffic. It is said that the reason for building this causeway by D. Miguel de Noronha (23rd Viceroy (1629-1635)) was to spend locally the revenues of Estado da Índia rather than sending them back to Portugal
|Collage of Pont de Linares - From Central Library Archives|
The causeway and the Ourem Bridge still soldier on to this date. In recent times (around 2000) a new bypass road was constructed to reduce traffic on the Pont de Linares.The new road is almost 11 km long along the new alignment of NH 4-A. Even today this bridge forms an important link for travellers who want to visit goa via Ponda