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Rochefort-Martrou Transporter Bridge

General Information

Name in local language: Pont transbordeur de Rochefort-Martrou
Beginning of works: 1898
Completion: 29 July 1900
Duration of works: 27 months
Status: under renovation

Project Type

Structure: Suspension bridge
Function / usage: Transporter bridge
Material: Steel bridge

Awards and Distinctions

1976 classement  


Location: , , ,
  • Charente River
Replaced by: Martrou Lift Bridge (1966)
Coordinates: 45° 54' 58.00" N    0° 57' 40.00" W
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Technical Information


main span 139.916 m
total length 175 m
cabin width 11.50 m
length 14 m
deck deck width 8.00 m
height above valley floor or water 50.00 m
pylons height 66.25 m


cost of construction French Franc 586 500


cables steel
deck steel
piers steel
foundations concrete


8 July 1900

First day of service.

1933 — 1934

Deck beams and suspension replaced and modified.


End of service. The transporter bridge is abandoned in favor of a vertical lift bridge.

30 April 1976

Classified as historic monument.

1990 — 1994


Excerpt from Wikipedia

Rochefort-Martrou Transporter Bridge is a transporter bridge built between 1898 and 1900 . It is located in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. Crossing the Charente River, it has a maximum height of 66.5 metres (218 ft) and a total length of 175.5 metres (576 ft). It is a technical invention accomplished by a French engineer : Ferdinand Arnodin. It was abandoned in 1967 in favour of a vertical lift bridge, which was in turn demolished in 1991 a few months after the opening of a new dual-carriageway road bridge, the Martrou viaduct. However, the transporter bridge was refurbished by 1994 and is now a historical monument (1976). Crossing on foot or a bicycle is still possible today from April to the end of October.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Rochefort-Martrou Transporter Bridge" and modified on 22 July 2019 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.



Initial construction (1898-1900)
Renovation (2015-2018)
Steel construction

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