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Milestone reached as Beast of Bordeaux's central span is installed

An engineering milestone was reached in Bordeaux, France, last wek, when the central span of the Bacalan-Bastide movable bridge, renamed Jacques-Chaban-Delmas for the occasion, was installed on its arrival by barge from Italy.

This 117m long central lifting span, weighing 2,500t, will now be linked operating mechanisms contained within the bridge’s four 80m tall towers. Final exterior works and testing and final adjustments to the lifting system will then be carried out prior to bringing the structure into service in March 2013. 

Costing €156M (£125M), the bridge will link the city’s Bacalan (left bank) and Bastide (right bank) neighbourhoods and is being constructed on a design and build basis by Vinci subsidiary GTM Sud-Ouest with Cimolaï for the steel structure. EGIS/JMI in association with Michel Virlogeux carried out the architectural and structural design.

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