Thursday, 28 March 2019

Bridge Repairs Over the Cher, Chisseaux to Francueil


The much used bridge over the Cher between Chisseaux and Francueil on the RD 80 near the Chateau of Chenonceau has been closed for repairs since 1 October 2018, and will not reopen until June.

Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel. https://tourtheloire.com

The 127 metre long bridge has five cement arches topped with a reinforced concrete deck. Two thousand cars a day cross over it. Although much used by pedestrians and cyclists there was no footpath and even with bollards and a one way system installed it never felt safe. The repair work being undertaken now will take into account the need for improved safe circulation for all users.

The deck and parapets will be demolished. The roadway will be kept at 5.5 metres and the footpaths enlarged to 1.5 metres. The work is estimated to cost 1.8 million euros, entirely financed by the département (county) of Indre et Loire.

Since the catastrophe in Genoa, and the collapse of their bridge last August, a structural survey of the bridges in Indre et Loire has been completed, bringing to light a need for 13 million euros worth of work, which will be scheduled over the next five years.


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