Pont du Normandie

One more for bridge lovers. Some photographs taken on a return from a research trip to the Normandy beaches a couple of years ago.

The sun was shining as we approached the Pont du Normandie, the 2,143-metre long cable-stayed road bridge which crosses the river Seine between Honfleur and Le Havre.

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Construction of the bridge, which was designed by Michel Virlogeux, began in 1988 and lasted 7 years. The bridge opened on January 20, 1995.

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There is an 856-metre span between the two piers. At the time of the construction this was the longest span of its kind in the world.

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Continuing east you then immediately cross another remarkable bridge.

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It is a lovely stretch of the journey back from Normandy to the Pas-de-Calais area.

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