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Ponts et viaducs

Chaban-Delmas Bridge, Bordeaux, France

At the mouth of the Gironde River, one of Europe’s largest lift bridges allows cruise ships to pass.

To connect the historic centre of Bordeaux on the left bank of the river with the business and residential neighbourhoods on the right bank without preventing cruise ships from reaching the Port de la Lune dock, the city opted to build a lift bridge.

The 433-metre structure has a 126-metre central span that lifts to a height of 53 metres in just 11 minutes to allow ships to enter. The bridge showcases VINCI Construction’s wide-ranging expertise in foundations, mechanical engineering, marine works and civil engineering.

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