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The stone bridge is a vaulted bridge in masonry crossing the Garonne in Bordeaux. It connects the city center to the district of La Bastide, on the right bank: until 1822 the Bordelaises had to cross the Garonne in boats. It is the first and only bridge in Bordeaux allowing road traffic until the construction of the Saint-Jean bridge in 1965. Built on the orders of Napoleon I between 1810 and 1822, it was designed by engineers Claude Deschamps and Jean- Baptiste Basilide Billaudel. 4,000 workers worked there. At a length of 487 meters, the structure has 17 arches built on 16 piles. The bridge, with an initial width of 14.6 meters, was 19 meters wide in 1954. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_de_pierre_(Bordeaux)
In 2003, two lanes of traffic are reserved for the new Bordeaux tramway, and since 2016, due to static problems, the bridge is reserved only for tram, pedestrians and cyclists.
October 26, 2019
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