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Pont de la Basse-Chaîne

General Information

Completion: 1839
Status: destroyed (1850)

Project Type

Structure: Suspension bridge
Function / usage: Road bridge

Location

Location: , , ,
Crossed:
  • Maine River
Replaced by: Pont de la Basse-Chaîne (1960)
Coordinates: 47° 28' 14.00" N    0° 33' 49.00" W

Technical Information

Dimensions

main span 102 m

Chronology

16 April 1850

An army troupe crosses the bridge though not in step as ordered by the lieutnant colonel in charge. However, strong winds cause the bridge to oscillate which is exacerbated by the soldiers trying to balance on the tilting bridge. The bridge collapses due to overloading and oxidated cables, killing 226 soldiers.

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  • About this
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  • Structure-ID
    20004743
  • Date created
    30/08/2002
  • Last Update
    05/02/2016