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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.