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This is a list of all 3 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Charente River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1826 Jarnac
Jarnac, France (Charente River)
Bridgemeister ID:1729
References:MOS
Principals:J. P. Quénot
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:70m
Deck width:7.75m
1842 Tonnay-Charente
Tonnay-Charente, France (Charente River)
Bridgemeister ID:942
Structurae ID:0000899
Coordinates:N 45.940166 W 0.886
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BPF, PTS2
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:90m
Side spans:2
Notes
  • Deck failed, August 21, 1883, during a load test. Rebuilt, 1885. At some point, the upper portions of the towers (above the road deck) were replaced.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1900 Rochefort-Martrou Transporter (Matrou Transporter)
Rochefort, France (Charente River)
Bridgemeister ID:949
Structurae ID:0000109
Coordinates:N 45.91613 W 0.960638
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPF
Principals:Ferdinand Arnodin
Use:Transporter
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:129m
Notes
  • Eckhard Bernstorff notes (data from the information table at the machinery building, where the motor to pull the platform is installed): Main Span 129 m (the high truss towers have a wide basis, the length from saddle to saddle is 139.75 m, and the length of the whole "tableau" including side parts is 175.5m), width between rails 8m. The Rochefort Transporter is well in use [2005], in the summer on all days people can use the "ferry" which is attached to the rails under the bridge.
Photo by Eckhard Bernstorff

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