Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Pont de Chinon

We have noticed on several occasions when we have visited Chinon that some major works where taking place on the beach adjacent to the bridge. It turns out the bridge is in danger of collapse if work is not carried out to underpin some of the arches nearest to the town.
The works are to provide a temporary bridge to supply materials to the site in order to keep the main bridge open to traffic during the repair work.

Today we were on the bridge when the first section was lifted into place... 
Well it does fit then!!!!!
My compliments go to this man, the crane driver, he certainly could handle that crane....

The original bridge probably built in the 12 th century under Henry II has under gone many restorations over time. For more details see here.

1 comment:

Diane said...

I love the old bridges in France. It amazes me me how many are still in use as I am sure when they were built, they never expected the heavy traffic that they get nowadays. Diane