Plougastel Bridge

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Plougastel Bridge
Pont Albert-Louppe
Pont-albert-louppe.jpg
Coordinates 48°23′14″N 4°23′59″W / 48.38722°N 4.39972°W / 48.38722; -4.39972Coordinates: 48°23′14″N 4°23′59″W / 48.38722°N 4.39972°W / 48.38722; -4.39972
Crosses L'Élorn
Characteristics
Design Arch bridge fixed at two levels
Material Reinforced concrete
Total length 888m
Width 9m
Height 27.5m
History
Architect Eugène Freyssinet
Constructed by Direction départementale de l'Équipement du Finistère
Fabrication by Entreprises Limousin
Construction start 1926
Construction end 1930
Inaugurated 1930


The Plougastel Bridge, or Albert-Louppe Bridge, is a bridge over the Elorn River near Brest, France, connecting Plougastel-Daoulas and Le Relecq-Kerhuon.

Construction on the Plougastel Bridge started in 1926 and was completed on 9 October 1930. Part of it was destroyed by the German army in 1944, and shortly after was closed for repair. It was reopened after the widening and construction five years later. Between 1991 and 1994 another bridge, the Pont de l'Iroise, was built parallel to this bridge. Today the Plougastel carries tractor, pedestrian and bicycle traffic and is a landmark on the route of the Paris–Brest–Paris bicycle event.

The Plougastel Bridge is an arch bridge, or has a fixed, double deck structure. The arches are composed of concrete and have a total length of around 888m. The three major spans are 188 m[1] but sometimes said to be 186 m.[2]

The engineer who constructed the bridge was named Eugène Freyssinet, and the president of the committee managing the project was Albert Louppe, an explosives engineer who pursued a parallel career in politics, becoming the Senator for Finistère in 1921. Louppe died in 1927, one year after work on constructing the bridge finally began.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plougastel Bridge at Structurae
  2. ^ "Pont de l'Harteloire". brueckenweb.de (in German). 

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