|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]|
|July 26, 2006 |
Rochefort 170299 17300
45.933 -0.983 2 m
Transporter bridge of Martrou
A transporter bridge allows the circulation of a bank the other of a water way in a nacelle suspended with a trolly crab under the platform. They were built where were to be able to sail of the masted ships great height. The French navy had set a standard of 50 m at the top of high waters. It is the French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin (1845-1924) which is at the origin of the design of the work. He is also the originator of 9 of the 18 transporter bridges in the world. Relatively light constructions, they were quickly
completed at moderate costs. the bridge of Martrou was brought into service on July 29, 1900 after 27 months of work. It made it possible the axis Nantes-Bordeaux to cross the 160 m of width of Charente. It was abandoned in 1967 for a bridge with Levante span, then by the viaduct of Charente in 1991. Classified historic building in 1976, it was restored and given of use for a restricted traffic in 1994.
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