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Bridges

Crossing the Charente a permanent challenge 

The viaduct over the Charente is the third in the series of bridges that crosses the fluvial river. It joins the village of Echillais to Rochefort and is 1200m in length.

  • The first bridge is the Transporter Bridge built in 1900 just some metres up river.
  • It escaped destruction when it was classified as an historical monument in 1976
  • It was restored in 1994 and allows tourists on foot or with a bicycle to cross the river in complete safety.

At the beginning of the 1960’s the “nacelle”(cradle) of the bridge couldn’t continue to carry everyday the 1200 vehicules and a second bridge was built. A new lift bridge was inaugurated in 1967 and consisted of 2 concrete piles and a lifting span of 92 metres.

At last, the viaduct was inaugurated in May 1991 and the long wait for the holidaymakers due to the lifting of the old bridge to let the ships through came to an end.

The lift bridge was dismantled a few months later.