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Pont Charles-Albert (Charles Albert Bridge)

Pont de la Caille

Pont Charles-Albert (Charles Albert Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 8, 2017

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
D3B Over Les Usses
Allonzier-la-Caille: Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: France
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1839 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Émile Fulrand Belin
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Main Span Length
630.0 Feet (192 Meters)
Structure Length
630.0 Feet (192 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This ancient long-span bridge was built in 1839 and has survived to this day with relatively good historic integrity. It has distinctive stone towers that look like they are part of a castle. The bridge consists of a single suspended span only, with only backstay cables beyond this span leading to anchorages. The south anchorage is built into a rocky cliff, while the north anchorage is built into the level ground. The bridge has a pony truss stiffening that is composed of unusually shaped cast vertical members and a top chord that is of riveted construction with a curved top. The bridge is 482 feet (147 meters) high above the river, and was reported to be the world's highest bridge from 1839 to 1912. The bridge today sits next to another historic bridge, a concrete arch bridge that bypassed the suspension bridge in 1929. When the concrete bridge was completed, the suspension bridge was preserved in place for pedestrian use.


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